Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Cirencester Baptist Church, Cirencester (81k) Above Photograph(s)
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Cirencester Baptist Church, Cirencester
Cirencester Baptist Church (see later for their website address)
37a Coxwell Street,
Cirencester, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or 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 in 1651, and we understand it is still open.

Baptist worship in Cirencester can be traced back to the Civil War period - the church celebrated its 350 year anniversary 2001. Meetings have always been held in Coxwell Street, however the present building is a replacement for the original, and dates from 1856-8.

The early Meeting House provided space for burials, and William FREEMAN, one if its early ministers was buried in the meeting yard, in 1727. His wife was buried 9 years later, also in the meeting yard. Later in the 18th century, a burial ground was opened to the west of the chapel, with Elizabeth Blackwell, recorded as dying 10th April 1754, being the first burial.

When the new Chapel was built, the old Chapel was turned into schoolrooms and the new building erected over the rear burial ground; however since 1872, when the town cemetery at Chesterton opened, Baptists have opted to be buried there or in Stratton Cemetery, and today a flowerbed marks the place where the old burial ground used to be.

More details are available on the church's own website.


Now or formerly Baptist.

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 Church is located at OS grid reference SP0215402152. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

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