Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bethel Chapel, Joyford, Coleford
Bethel Chapel,
Bicknor Street,
Joyford, Coleford, 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 1886, but we understand it was closed about 1960.

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) records that this former place of worship was built by Baptists in 1886. It was known as "Bethel", and is marked as such on various Old Maps (no 'flavour' of Baptist is stated). According to the VCH, it joined the Coleford church in 1902, closing in about 1960, after which it was converted as a house.

A drive-past in Google StreetView shows a rectangular building parallel to the road, with an entrance from the north. There is a porch, above which is a small window, and there is what appears to have been a lozenge-shaped dedication plaque at the apex. It is not possible to read what it says. A sign on the lean-to at the rear reveals it is now called "Chapel Cottage".

A short distance up the road to the north is the former Joyford Corn Mill, working at the time of making OS 1881 1:2,500, when it had a Mill Pond, but disused OS 1902 1:2,500.

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 SO5784713476. 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 12:07.

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This Report was created 16 Aug 2017 - 22:39:17 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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