Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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The Old Independent Chapel, Blakeney
The Old Independent Chapel,
Cinderford Road,
Blakeney, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

This Chapel had 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 in 1823, but we understand it was closed in 1988.

According to Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) (where it is recorded under the heading of Awre), the chapel has a three-bay ashlar front, with pyramidal finials. It was erected in 1849, to replace a chapel at Blakeney Hill, opened in 1823. It is recorded as Congregational, but with an additional note that it subsequently joined the United Reformed Church.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp.14-46 (Awre) records that the original chapel, called 'Blakeney Tabernacle', was at Brains Green, built by Rev. Isaac Bridgman, a former curate at Holy Trinity church, Harrow Hill (Drybrook). Anglican liturgy was at first used for the services, but in 1825 the congregation joined the Independents. The new Chapel in Blakeney village, built in 1849 was also called the Tabernacle. It became part of the URC in 1972, when it had 20 members and two lay preachers under a settled minister who also served chapels in nearby parishes.

The chapel closed for worship in 1988, but to all appearances, the graveyard is still open, and on Google StreetView drive-past it was possible to see fresh flowers on graves.

Denomination

Now or formerly Independent/Congregational.

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 SO6686607020. 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 13:02.

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This Report was created 19 Aug 2017 - 16:03:09 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 4 Jul 2017 at 10:50.

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