Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Baptist Chapel, Yorkley, Viney Hill
Baptist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Beech Road,
Yorkley, Viney Hill, 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 in 1864, but we understand it was closed in 1980, and the premises are now in secular use.

The Chapel is situated on Beech Road, on land sloping down to the rear to Lower Road. Old Maps, for example OS 1878 1:2,500 show it in solitary splendour surrounded by an open area of (perhaps) common land. It has a three-bay front with two round-arched windows on either side of a central doorway, above which is another round-arched window, and above that, an oval dedication plate. There are 2 similar windows in the sides; and there is a good view of the rear of the building from Lower Road.

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.117-118 (Forest of Dean - Nonconformity) tells us that a Coleford Baptist preached many times in a public house in Yorkley. Perhaps this was the Stag Inn, which was on Stag Hill, close to its junction with Lower Road. In 1862, a room at Pillowell was acquired for services, and in 1864 the meeting moved to a larger room at Yorkley, where a chapel was built for it in 1868.

In 1887 S.J. Elsom, the leader of the free miners became its minister. He reestablished links with the Parkend ministry, which had been severed in 1881, and following his death in 1919 the Yorkley church continued to have a shared ministry, but from 1937 it was without a minister. The chapel closed in 1980 and has since become a private dwelling house.

Denomination

Now or formerly 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 SO6338407120. 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 10:05.

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