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Firwood House (Our Lady of Victory) Chapel (Private), Brownshill, Chalford
Firwood House (Our Lady of Victory) Chapel (Private),
Smythe Meadow, GL6 8AS,
Brownshill, Chalford, 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 about 1890, but we understand it was closed before 1972.

Firwood, in the parish of Chalford, is a Grade II Listed Building. The British Listed Buildings website provides the information that the house dates from the mid- to late 17th century, with a chapel added around 1890 by Christopher Smith [Smyth]. According to Old Maps of 1971-1974, it is (or was) on the east side of the building. The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), p.32-36 (Bisley - Churches) provides the additional information that Christopher Smyth was a former vicar of Bussage, and the chapel he built "adjoining his house called Firwood at Brown's Hill later served for some years as a chapel of ease to Chalford". However by 1972 (p.36, Bisley - Roman Catholicism), the property was occupied by a community called the Servants of the Paraclete, and the chapel was dedicated to Our Lady of Victory; as was the Bussage House of Mercy, a short distance away, then with a Chapel dedicated to St Michael.

Denomination

Now or formerly Church of England.

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 SO8855302495. 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 10:30.

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This Report was created 8 Oct 2017 - 14:19:32 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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