Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Congregational Chapel, Cinderford
Congregational Chapel,
Woodside Street / Forest Road,
Cinderford, 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 about 1904, but we understand it was closed in 1958.

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.396-404 (Forest of Dean - Nonconformity) records that a mission from the Drybrook Congregational Church was begun in Cinderford in, or just before, 1904 in a dwelling house on the corner of Forest Road and Woodside Street, which had been converted as a mission chapel. This is confirmed by Old Maps of 1922 1:2,500 on which a building on the corner as described is labelled as "Congl. Ch."

According to the VCH, it was sold about 1958, then in 1964, was registered by Jehovah's Witnesses as a Kingdom Hall. This may account for later Maps, for example 1974-1991 1:2,500 where a part of the same building is labelled "Hall".

It is not clear whether the property which occupies the site today (in secular use) is a refurbishment, or rebuilding on the same site, but given that the original was a house conversion it may well be the same building. Its earliest known use as a place of worship - as a Particular Baptist Chapel - can be seen on OS 1880-1881 1:2.500, for which see the separate entry in this database, though apparently it was for a time unconsecrated, as an intermediate Map (1902-1903) shows it unlabelled.

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO6574113761. 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 30 Dec 2014 at 13:23.

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This Report was created 20 Aug 2017 - 20:18:32 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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