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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 on the 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:

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 25 Jan 2014 at 14:56.

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This Report was created 31 Jul 2017 - 13:34:06 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 4 Jul 2017 at 10:50.

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