Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Bethany Chapel (or 'Regent Chapel'), Cheltenham (71k) Above Photograph(s)
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Bethany Chapel (or 'Regent Chapel'), Cheltenham
Bethany Chapel (or 'Regent Chapel')   [no longer registered]
Regent Street,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Chapel 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 1840, but we understand it was closed in 1865, and the premises are now in secular use.

According to Cheltenham Archaeological Assessment this chapel was built for Association Methodists about 1840, and occupied by them until a Royal Well chapel was built in 1865. It was known in 1979 as Regent Chapel, though according to Cheltenham, Current and Former Places of Worship, it has been used in recent years as an estate agent's premises. Today however it now seems to be an employment agency.

The 'Bistro' on its right is called "The Slug and Lettuce".

It is described in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) as a "plain low building with rendered west front, blank except for a rounded-arched doorway with fanlight near the south end... now used by the Brethren and renamed 'Regent Chapel'".

A search of the National Archives 'Access to Archives' site reveals the Gloucester Archives have a bundle D5678/2, for the period 1849-1865 which mentions the Wesleyan Methodist Bethany Chapel, in Regent Street, and the names of Thomas Aquila Dale of Birkenhead, The Trustees of the Bethany Chapel, and Nathaniel Smith of Cheltenham. A further bundle, D5678/3 (1854-1858) mentions 53 Regent Street, and the names of James and William Vaughan, and Nathaniel Smith all of Cheltenham, but it is not clear whether this refers to the chapel property.

Denomination

Now or formerly Wesleyan Association.

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 SO9497222401. 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 22 Sep 2011 at 16:24.

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