Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Chapel (now Cossham Hall), Thornbury
Wesleyan Chapel (now Cossham Hall),
Chapel Street,
Thornbury, 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 1789, but we understand it was closed in 1878.

Cossham Hall is described in the list of places of worship visited to prepare the leaflet South Gloucestershire Nonconformist Heritage Trail (PTE050151.pdf) available on the South Gloucestershire Council website. According to their account, it was first built in 1789. John Wesley preached here the same year, and in 1790. The date on the front of the building is 1835, but this is apparently the date it was extended. It still proved too small, so it was replaced in 1878 by the present Methodist Church in the High Street.

The old Chapel building was purchased 10 years later (1888) by Thornbury's famous "son" Handel Cossham, who then presented it to the town for community use.

Handel was the son of Jesse Cossham and Sarah (née Shepherd), born in Thornbury in 1824 and baptised in 1825 at the Old Meeting House Independent Chapel in Stroud. Jesse Cossham was a carpenter, and he was one of the contractors involved in the extension and refurbishment of the Wesleyan Chapel, in 1835.

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 ST6369589841. 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 16 May 2013 at 13:23.

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This Report was created 1 Oct 2017 - 21:01:17 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 30 Aug 2017 at 16:10.

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