Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Moreton in Marsh Congregational Church, Moreton in Marsh
Moreton in Marsh Congregational Church (link to Church's website)
Oxford Road, GL56 0LA,
Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or 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 1801, and we understand it is still open.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) records this place of worship as built in 1860-1 in 'the Italian style' by Poultman and Woodman of Reading, for a church formed in 1801. It is certainly eye-catching - the British Listed Buildings website describes the style as 'mixed neo-Greek and Romanesque'. It is of two storeys, with 3 matching round-arched entrance doorways, on either side of which are two elliptical-arched windows. The first floor has 2 round arched windows at each side of a central group of 5 narrower windows, above the entrance doorway.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 6: Slaughter hundred, and the upper divisions of Tewkesbury and Westminster hundreds (1965), pp.240-250 (Moreton in Marsh) says the chapel owes its origins to a group of nonconformists who began meeting in a barn from 1796 under the direction of John Mann. The group was formally united as a Congregational Church in 1801, and a chapel was built in 1817, which by 1821 had its own burial ground. The new chapel, which opened in 1861, was built on the site of the old one. The burial ground may have been cleared when the Nonconformist Cemetery opened in 1867, as there is no trace of it today.

Note: it is still a Congregational Church, so would have opted, in 1972, not to join the United Reformed Church. It is described on the Church's website as "an independent church in the Congregational tradition, affiliated to the Congregational Federation".


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.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SP2054532462. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • 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 11:23.

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