Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Old Town Meeting House, Wotton under Edge (45k) Above Photograph(s)
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Old Town Meeting House, Wotton under Edge
Old Town Meeting House,
Old Town,
Wotton under Edge, 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 in 1703, but we understand it was closed after 2004.

The sign on the front of the building says this is 'Old Town Meeting House - (Independent) - Erected 1701-3'. This was possibly the first permanent meeting house for a Presbyterian congregation which was formed in the late 17th century. It was registered by them as 'newly erected' in 1702, and was the first to be built of several non-conformist chapels in the town.

During the 19th century it became Congregational, and between 1898-1904 the building was drastically remodelled.

One of its pastors, the Rev. James Hardyman, served the chapel for a total of 61 years, until 1941. It was previously licensed for Marriages, but apparently it is now (2011) longer open for worship, and its former congregation now worship at Wotton United Church, in Bradley Street.

It is believed to have had a burial ground, with burials taking place into the 19th century. The fate of the gravestones, and their inscriptions is unknown for sure, but the most likely place, if any have survived, is with those from other churchyards in the town at Wotton under Edge Heritage Centre. [Sources: Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986), Wotton under Edge Places of Worship, and Wotton-under-Edge.org Community Site discussion forum]

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Church was located at OS grid reference ST7585393371. 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 2013 at 10:23.

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