Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Old Baptist Chapel, Chipping Sodbury
Old Baptist Chapel,
Hounds Lane,
Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

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 in 1656, but we understand it was closed in 1971.

According to a Document Avon Extensive Urban Survey, Archaeological Assessment Report (PTE070133.pdf), prepared by South Gloucestershire Council, the Baptist Chapel on Hounds Lane was established in 1708, and rebuilt 1821.

However, The Baptist Handbook for 1896 (available from The Internet Archive) (p.216) records its origin as early as 1656. At the time of their survey, the chapel had seating 270; there were 61 members, 22 Sunday-school teachers, 155 scholars, and 3 local preachers; and it was served by pastor A. Lemon.

A church hall was built for the chapel in 1886 on a plot between the rear of the chapel and the High Street. "The plot ran back to abut the Baptist Chapel burial ground and is first shown on the Ordnance Survey map of 1908... in 1965 it was converted to the present day church". The original chapel continued in use for some time after that, then in 1971 it was converted to a Church Centre, when its gallery was removed and a first storey floor inserted.

The burial ground, which has over 60 surviving memorials, was extended in 1860 and 1930, and has been shared between the two places of worship. Documents for the church survive for the period 1708-1990 (Gloucestershire Record Office D6717).

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST7280682107. 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 11 Jan 2011 at 10:15.

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This Report was created 5 Aug 2017 - 13:25:21 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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