Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Old St John's Church (partly Demolished), Coleford (25k) Above Photograph(s)
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Old St John's Church (partly Demolished), Coleford
Old St John's Church (partly Demolished),
St John's Street / Newland Street,
Coleford, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church 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 1821, but we understand it was closed in 1882.

According to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/577/1/4/10) St John's was built on the site of an Old Chapel of Ease to Newland, so its foundation actually predates its consecration in January 1821. The return states it had free sittings for 440 and 672 "other" sittings, a total of 1,112. The estimated number to attend morning services was 260, with 75 Sunday Scholars, and 480 in the evening, with 70 Sunday Scholars. There were no afternoon services.

The return was completed by John Bayldon, its Minister, who lived in Coleford, who was (regretfully) to remark: "having been only three weeks in residence I cannot make the return so detailed as I should wish".

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] This isolated tower, now in the middle of a roundabout is all that remains of the first church of St John designed by Richard James and built in 1821. The body of the church was octagonal, but was demolished in 1882, after the new church of St John, in Boxbush Road, was built.

Reference
Salter, Mike - Parish Churches of the Forest of Dean (ISBN: 1 871731 07 0), and commentary from Phil Draper.[1]

Denomination

Now or formerly Church of England.

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 Church was located at OS grid reference SO5750710697. 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.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 3 Jun 2011 at 13:30.

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This Report was created 26 Jul 2017 - 16:16:42 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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