Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Newent United Reformed Church, Newent (1) (67k) Newent United Reformed Church, Newent (2) (105k) Newent United Reformed Church, Newent (3) (120k) Newent United Reformed Church, Newent (4) (90k) Above Photograph(s)
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Newent United Reformed Church, Newent
Newent United Reformed Church,
High Street,
Newent, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

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 1846, and we understand it is still open.

The United Reformed Church, originally Newent Congregational Church, was built on the site of a former Inn, originally known as The Lower Horseshoe but latterly as The Swan. Congregational meetings had begun in 1843 when a room was hired in the High Street by George Hayes, a Carpenter, and Mr Sutherland, an Excise Officer. Their first recorded preacher was Rev. Dr. Brown from Cheltenham. Opposition to the meetings was initially so great that "windows were broken and constables had to be hired to control the crowd". Some things never change! The chapel itself was opened on 6th May 1846, and was built to seat 300. It was Newent's first non-conformist place of worship. [Source: Chapters in Newent's History, published by Newent Local History Society (2003), pp.20-22 & p.192]

Denomination

Now or formerly United Reformed (URC).

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 is located at OS grid reference SO7214725887. 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 11 May 2012 at 06:41.

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