Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Ryecroft Wesleyan Chapel, Gloucester
Ryecroft Wesleyan Chapel   [no longer registered]
Conduit Street / Ryecroft Street,
Gloucester, 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 1870, but we understand it was closed in 1955, and the premises are now in secular use.

"The beginning of Ryecroft started about the year 1846, when a branch church of Northgate Street was opened in Victoria Street"... Ryecroft Wesleyan Chapel was built in 1870, on land purchased from the Methodist New Connection where a Countess of Huntingdon Chapel was standing. It provided for the needs of worshippers who had been attending the Victoria Street Chapel, together with those from nearby Tredworth Chapel.

It was opened 8th May 1871, when the existing chapel became a schoolroom. The Gloucester Journal, in its announcement of the opening ceremony, reported the building was "lit by gas, and heated by hot air from a huge cylinder in the base of the tower".

A decline in worshippers followed WWII, so in 1955 the Trustees decided to try to sell the premises. Discussions took place with other Chapels nearby in hope of amalgamation, but these were not successful. Eventually the internal furnishings were sold off, and in 1957, the building was leased to the Local Authorities for 14 years. However since 1999, the building has been in the care of the Barton and Tredworth Community Trust.

One of the items in the 1955 sale was the organ, built for Ryecroft in 1898 by Sweetland of Bath, for £400. It was bought by St Nicholas's Church in Ashchurch for £100, and is still in use there today.

For more information about the Ryecroft's history, and details of activities, services, &c., please see the Barton and Tredworth Community Trust website.

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 SO8364517711. 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 7 Oct 2011 at 10:46.

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