Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Bethesda Chapel, Hawkesbury Upton (34k) Above Photograph(s)
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Bethesda Chapel, Hawkesbury Upton
Bethesda Chapel,
Park Street, GL9 1BA,
Hawkesbury Upton, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel 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 1844, and we understand it is still open.

Recorded in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) as built 1844, this date is also as shown on the datestone in the gable end. It is marked on various Old Maps (for example 1903 1:10,560) as one of 3 chapels in Hawkesbury Upton. The others were Baptist (in Back Street) and Methodist (known as 'Jubilee Chapel', also in Back Street).

A webpage on a former website of Hawkesbury Local History Society described a Walk around the village, and of 38 places of interest visited, the Congregational Chapel was #35:

"The Congregational Chapel was built in 1844 on the south side of Park Street. It is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1882 as an Independent Chapel and later became known as the Bethesda United Reform Church. A small graveyard was attached to the chapel with 12 memorials identified."

Evidently in 1973, its congregation opted not to join the newly formed United Reformed Church, as it remains, in 2018, one of the nation-wide "independent free churches" recorded on the Congregational Federation website.

Note: "Hawkesbury Local History Society", for Hawkesbury in Gloucestershire, should not be confused with "Hawkesbury Historical Society", for the City of Hawkesbury, N.S.W.


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 Chapel is located at OS grid reference ST7810786937. 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 Hawkesbury Upton, 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 17 Nov 2018 at 13:25.

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This Report was created 27 Sep 2020 - 22:28:48 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 14 Jun 2019 at 13:31.

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