Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Coleford Baptist Church, Coleford (1) (84k) Coleford Baptist Church, Coleford (2) (84k) Above Photograph(s)
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Coleford Baptist Church, Coleford
Coleford Baptist Church,
Newland Street,
Coleford, 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 1799, and we understand it is still open.

According to the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp.117-138 (Coleford), Coleford's first baptist meetings began with a meeting house registered for worship in 1689, when John Skinner, minister of a Baptist church at Ryeford, in Weston under Penyard in Herefordshire began preaching in the town. He died in 1694, but during the 18th century meetings continued to be held under several ministers.

The meeting was revived in 1799 by members of the Trotter family, and in 1800 a new chapel was built. This had a burial ground attached, and stood adjacent to the present chapel, which was built in 1858, to a design by C.G. Searle.

Old Maps, for instance OS 1881, show all three - the location of Searle's chapel, the burial ground, and the former chapel, which by then had been converted into a schoolhouse. Today, however. only the Chapel remains, as the burial ground has been cleared, and (c.1980) the schoolhouse converted into three dwellings.


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 SO5734810644. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • 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 30 Dec 2014 at 12:56.

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