Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Drybrook United Reformed Church, Drybrook
Drybrook United Reformed Church,
Drybrook Road,
Drybrook, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church does 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 1858, and we understand it is still open.

Drybrook United Reformed Church is a Grade II Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details.

Their account provides the information that it has a datestone with the legend 'Rehoboth, Congregational Church, built 1858, enlarged 1872'. The stone itself can be seen from Google StreetView to be between the upper and lower central windows in the gable facing towards the road, but unfortunately it isn't possible to read the inscription from that position.

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) has a comprehensive account of the Church. Briefly, it was founded as a mission from Littledean to the Drybrook area by the Revd. Benjamin Jenkyn, who held cottage services at Hawthorns in the mid 1840s, and at Harrow Hill in 1851. The building of a permanent place of worship was begun by Jenkyn in the early 1850s, opened in 1857, and enlarged in 1858 with the help of the mine owner Cornelius Brain. It subsequently became the largest Congregational church in the Forest, with its own minister from 1870. From 1932 however it shared a minister with the Littledean church, and as membership continued to decline, the pastorate was shared with other Congregational churches.

Denomination

Now or formerly 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 Church is located at OS grid reference SO6453517098. 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 12:14.

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This Report was created 27 Jul 2017 - 19:48:34 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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