Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Birdwood Mission Church, Birdwood, Churcham (1) (60k) Birdwood Mission Church, Birdwood, Churcham (2) (67k) Birdwood Mission Church, Birdwood, Churcham (3) (72k) Birdwood Mission Church, Birdwood, Churcham (4) (89k) Above Photograph(s)
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Birdwood Mission Church, Birdwood, Churcham
Birdwood Mission Church   [no longer consecrated]
A40, next to garage,
Birdwood, Churcham, 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 about 1900, but we understand it was closed after 1970, and the premises are now in secular use.

This 'Tin Tabernacle' has a very similar appearance to the Bilson Mission Church (Anglican) in Hollydean, Cinderford. Its position is marked as a place of worship on my OS Map of 1984, but it is now closed, and apparently falling into disrepair. In fact our most recent information (May 2013) is that it may have been demolished.

It is (or was) on the opposite (north) side of the A40 and a short distance further along the road from Birdwood's former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, also included in this Database.

It is first seen on Old Maps of 1903, when it is labelled as a "Mission Room", and by OS 1972 1:2,500 as "Mission Church". The The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.25-28 (Churcham - Churches) records that an iron mission room was built at the Birdwood cross-roads about 1900, which apparently remained in regular use in 1970; thus it appears to have been a Church of England mission of Churcham St Andrew.

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 SO7416718778. 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 10:44.

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