Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Swineford Congregational Church, Swineford, Bitton
Swineford Congregational Church   [no longer registered]
A431,
Swineford, Bitton, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church 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 1887, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

"Tin Tabernacles" were once a very popular, especially with the non-conformist movement, as they could be erected within days, and if the need arose, could be moved elsewhere equally quickly. Also called "iron churches", they might be described as the original "flat pack", and quoting from a History of St Stephen's, 1904-2004, available on the St Stephen's, Soundwell website - "these pre-fabricated churches saw service throughout the British Empire, where as kits of parts they could be shipped out and erected in a matter of days".

This former Congregational Tabernacle, close to the border of Gloucestershire with Somerset is often cited as one of the finest to survive to the present day. There are further details, and a photograph, in the leaflet South Gloucestershire Nonconformist Heritage Trail (PTE050151.pdf) available (in 2013) on South Gloucestershire Council website.

Note: though listed in Kelly's Directory of 1923 with the parish of Bitton, and in the South Gloucestershire council area in the present day, the county boundary shown on Maps indicates Swineford is on the Somerset side. Perhaps the Maps are wrong!?

Denomination

Now or formerly Congregational.

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 ST6927168925. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

(NB I know the first two don't work as intended - the Jury's still out as to what to do about it...)

Resources

I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Swineford, Bitton, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 10 Nov 2018 at 11:17.

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This Report was created 30 Mar 2019 - 06:31:16 GMT from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 7 Feb 2019 at 07:45.

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