Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Cold Aston Baptist Chapel, Aston Blank (Cold Aston)
Cold Aston Baptist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Chapel Lane,
Aston Blank (Cold Aston), Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Chapel did NOT have a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded about 1840, but we understand it was closed after 1974, and the premises are now in secular use.

According to the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 9: Bradley Hundred: The Northleach area of the Cotswolds (2001), pp.9-20 (Cold Aston), Baptists registered a house for worship in Cold Aston as early as 1780. In 1845, a group including the minister of the Baptist Church in Bourton on the Water registered a room which had been built a short while before as a chapel.

This is recorded on the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/341/2/18/32) as erected about 1840 as a separate building used exclusively for worship. The average congregation was between 60 and 80. The return was completed by Revd. John Statham, Superintendent Minister, whose address was "Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire". He remarked that "it is supplied by Local Preachers from the Baptist Church at Bourton on the Water", that all seats were free, no Sunday School was connected with it, and it was "Serviced only in the "Evening".

The Baptist Handbook for 1896 (available from The Internet Archive) (p.215) records a Chapel (or probably just a Sunday-school) at Aston served from Bourton on the Water. At the time of their survey it had 2 Sunday-school teachers, and 58 scholars.

The next record of Baptist worship in the village is in 1902, when the Bourton church built a new chapel for its mission. This is known to have been open in 1962, but was in commercial use in 1974, and by 1996 had become a private house.

Its only known appearance on Old Maps labelled as "Baptist Chapel" is in 1922 1:2.500. Later Maps are less specific and record it simply as "Ch", the latest covering a period 1976-1979.

Denomination

Now or formerly Particular Baptist.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.

Maps

This Chapel was located at OS grid reference SP1287319670. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 30 Dec 2014 at 15:37.

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This Report was created 19 Oct 2017 - 11:10:42 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 30 Aug 2017 at 16:10.

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