Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Newport Independent Chapel, Newport, Berkeley (30k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Newport Independent Chapel, Newport, Berkeley
Newport Independent Chapel,
Chapel Hill, Alkington,
Newport, Berkeley, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel 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 before 1700, but we understand it was closed in 2006.

The following information about the Chapel 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] Newport Independent worship is understood to have begun in the late 17th century, with a congregation meeting in barns until a more permanent building was erected in 1710. The present building was built in 1825 to replace the earlier building. Original fittings include “pulpit with bowed front supported by two columns, and gallery around three sides with contemporary pews”.

In the days of stage coaches, Newport was a busy place, as it was the “half-way house” between Gloucester and Bristol. It had several inns, and in the early 20th century it also had an Anglican church, dedicated to St Maurice, which was adjacent to the Horse Shoe Inn. Both shown on Old Maps of (for instance) OS 1923-4 1,10:560.

In 2002, however the chapel was the only surviving place of worship left in the village,[1] and by 2006, when it was finally closed, it had become very dilapidated. In early February 2011, however, there are plans to turn it into a residential dwelling.

In my other source for this account, Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986), it is listed under the heading of Alkington.

[1] There was an account of what may have been one of the last services to be held in the Chapel, in 2002, on the website The Mystery Worshipper, which now appears to survive only by courtesy of the “Wayback Machine”, where there are several years' versions of Newport Independent Chapel, Newport, Gloucestershire. The first archived version was 15 Jun 2002, but the account was updated in September 2006, when the Chapel finally closed.[1]


Now or formerly Independent.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST6984097407. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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 Newport, Berkeley, 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.


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

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 7 Feb 2011 at 19:07.

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