Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Methodist Chapel (now Christian Gospel Church), Bream
Methodist Chapel (now Christian Gospel Church),
Brockhollands Road, Woodside, GL15 6ND,
Bream, 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 before 1851, but we understand it was closed in 1859.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1923, there were United Methodist and Primitive Methodist chapels at Bream Eaves, and a Wesleyan Chapel in Bream. Old Maps, for example OS 1881 1:2,500, show that this was the Wesleyan Chapel.

At the time of the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/577/1/1/2), Wesleyan Methodist meetings in Bream were taking place in an inhabited house. The estimated number to attend evening service on March 30 1851 was 90 - there were no morning, or afternoon services. The return was completed by Richard Tilsley Heighway, the Society Steward, who also incidentally was the village postmaster - for which see Cathie Bennett's transcriptions of Trade Directories of Gloucestershire, notably Kelly's Directory of Bream in 1870.

An average of 100 attending services in a private house must have been quite a "squash"! According to 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.396-404 (Forest of Dean - Nonconformity), the society, founded in Bream Eaves originally, moved to a new building in Bream Woodside in 1861 - presumably the present building.

It became part of the Methodist Church in 1932, and evidently survived for several more years. At the time of compilation of OS 1960 1:2,500 all 3 three chapels named in Kelly's Directory were still labelled as "Methodist" - this one as "Meth Ch"; however according to the VCH account above, it was closed in 1959; then in 1964, Pentecostalists registered the building for worship (presumably) leading to today's usage as "Christian Gospel Church".

It is a rectangular building, with two tall round-arched windows at the front, on either side of a central doorway. The outline of a former porch can be seen in the stonework surrounding the doorway, and above it is a square dedication plaque. Unfortunately, however, this is no longer readable. There are two smaller round-arched windows in the side facing the road, and a large extension at the rear, possibly a former Sunday school.

Denomination

Now or formerly Wesleyan Methodist.

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 SO6064305897. 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 10:37.

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