Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Bedford Street Congregational Church, Stroud (1) (89k) Bedford Street Congregational Church, Stroud (2) (63k) Above Photograph(s)
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Bedford Street Congregational Church, Stroud
Bedford Street Congregational Church,
1 Bedford Street, GL5 1AY,
Stroud, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does 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 1837, and we understand it is still open.

Bedford Street Chapel was built originally in 1835-37, as "Union Chapel", for a congregation formed to relieve overcrowding at "The Old Chapel", in Chapel Street. The names 'Charles Barker' and 'Dawkes' (possibly Samuel Whitfield Dawkes) appear in the accounts against payment for the plans. It is a grand building, on two levels, with Sunday-school rooms at ground level, and a 'imaginative' circular stair-tower providing access to the principal floor above it. The original pulpit is also circular, and "has a ring of Corinthian columns to the upper stage".

It is shown on OS 1:500 Town Plans as "Independent Chapel (Seats for 600)". There was no burial ground marked.

It is now a Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for more details. [Other Source: Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986)]


Now or formerly Congregational.

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 SO8508905181. 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 Stroud, 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.

Information last updated on 16 Jul 2013 at 14:31.

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This Report was created 5 Sep 2021 - 07:42:50 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 27 Mar 2021 at 10:54.

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