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The Old Meeting House, Marshfield
The Old Meeting House   [no longer registered]
High Street,
Marshfield, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

This Church 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 1680, but we understand it was closed before 1886, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/331/2/5/12) is for a place of worship called "Presbyterian Chapel", with a Unitarian congregation, erected in 1751 as a separate building used exclusively for divine worship. There was seating for 25, all free, and the average congregation was 20 at afternoon services. The return was completed by James Jeffery, its Minister, of "15 Grange Grove, Bath, Somersetshire". He remarked that "the Chapel will hold 150 persons".

The location of the Chapel is marked on Old Maps of 1882 only, as it was closed shortly after, and by 1886 had been converted into a Reading Room. Please see the The Old Meeting (Unitarian), and Bath Unitarian Fellowship website for a very short history of the building, also The Old Meeting House, Marshfield" on the British Listed Buildings website for more details. According to the latter account it retains its original galleries and wainscots, also the attached burial ground.

Also of note from the above accounts is that James Jeffery was Minister of Bath Unitarian Chapel, in Trim Street, and that the Chapel's origins in Marshfield can be traced to 1680 when George Seal, who had been ejected from a living in South Wales, became pastor of a society of dissenters there.

Denomination

Now or formerly Presbyterian/Unitarian.

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 Church was located at OS grid reference ST7777473700. 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 15 Jan 2014 at 13:45.

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This Report was created 23 Nov 2017 - 20:21:20 GMT 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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