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Christ Church, Berry Hill, Coleford
Christ Church,
Ross Road,
Berry Hill, Coleford, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

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 1804, and we understand it is still open.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp.396-404 (Forest of Dean - Churches) tells us that the foundations of Christ Church's congregation were laid in 1804, when the vicar of Newland, P.M. Procter, began preaching in a cottage belonging to Thomas Morgan, a coal miner. Morgan provided the site for building a school-chapel, which opened in 1813. "After a year or so was used solely as a free chapel ... by people from the settlements around Berry Hill and sometimes from as far afield as Lydbrook, Worrall Hill, Hillersland, and the Lane End district". There is a monument to the Rev. Procter inside the church. He died in 1822.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1923, the ecclesiastical parish of Christchurch was created in 1844, to include Joyford, Hillersland, Shortstanding, Edge End and part of Berry Hill, in the township of West Dean. The population in 1923 was "scattered... mostly employed in and around Coleford of which place it forms a suburb". Christ Church was described as "a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of apsidal chancel, erected in 1885, double nave, south aisle, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing one bell. A pulpit of Caen stone was erected in 1885 as a memorial to the Rev. William Henry Taylor B.A. vicar 1852-83, an organ being added at the same time". In 1913, the church was reseated, a vestry was added and an oak screen erected.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] Christchurch at Berry Hill was designed by Richard James, who also designed Old St John's Church in Coleford, and it shows - they are so similar as to be almost twin buildings! However Christchurch is the older of the two, consecrated in 1816. It was the first church to be built in the Forest of Dean, whereas Old St John's was to be built 5 years later, in 1821.

Reference:
Salter, Mike - Parish Churches of the Forest of Dean (ISBN: 1 871731 07 0), and commentary from Phil Draper.[1]

[Image 2] Small, of 1815-22, Gothic features but proportionally all wrong as so often with Georgian churches. Later Victorian apsidal East end in a more correct Decorated style. The only church on this day that I did not get inside - sadly the vicar was not in - the house is next to the church.[2]

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 Church is located at OS grid reference SO5716212956. 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.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Phil Draper.

2. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 30 Dec 2014 at 19:00.

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