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Wesleyan Chapel, Weston Subedge
Wesleyan Chapel   [no longer registered]
Chapel Lane,
Weston Subedge, 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 1836, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 mentions that Weston-sub-Edge had a small Wesleyan chapel, built in 1836. The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/389/2/12/14) for a Wesleyan Chapel in the parish of Weston Subedge, and district of Broadway, describes a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship with free seating for 120, no "other" sittings, and standing room for "about 50 or upwards". The estimated congregation on March 30th was 15 in the afternoon, and 35 in the evening, with an overall average of 35 in the morning, and the same as above for the mornings and evenings - so it sounds like services alternated on a weekly basis between mornings and evenings.

The return was completed by (or on behalf of, as he made his mark) its Steward, named John Steels, of "Weston Subedge, Gloucester Shire".

Interestingly, in comparison with the return of 1851 National Census, of a total of 358 persons, 10% of the villagers were attending the Wesleyan Chapel. It would be convenient to think the remainder were attending the Established Church, but the figures for St Lawrence's Church (HO 129/389/2/12/13) on March 30th were 38 to morning service, and 65 in the afternoon.

In the present day, the Wesleyan Chapel is a private house. From the roadside, it has the appearance of a designer-built cottage of the 1930s, but from above, its hipped roof belies its Chapel origins.

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 SP1250640852. 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 5 Jan 2014 at 11:47.

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