Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Playley Green Methodist Chapel, Redmarley d'Abitot (122k) Above Photograph(s)
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Playley Green Methodist Chapel, Redmarley d'Abitot
Playley Green Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
off A417,
Redmarley d'Abitot, 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 in 1890, but we understand it was closed in 1983, and the premises are now in secular use.

The following information for the existence, and history of this chapel has been summarised from an account in the book Prosperity to this Parish - A History of Redmarley D'Abitot, by Eric Warde (2007)

Eric's account expresses some doubt as to when this chapel was actually constructed. He cites a property deed dated in April 1898 in which a John Aston conveyed a plot of ground adjacent to the Gloucester to Ledbury Turnpike, to a group of 12 Trustees of the Ledbury Methodist Circuit, and its Superintendent Revd. Richard Evans, to allow Playley Green Methodist Chapel to be built.

However minutes of the Trustees meetings suggest that it had been erected before that, with consent to erect a chapel obtained in 1888, with the contract let to a George Hill, for £60. And by 1894, discussions were recorded for construction of a school-room adjacent to the chapel.

Eric also mentions the Tithe Map of 1838, which shows that a Wesleyan Chapel had existed in Drury Lane at that time.

Note: this chapel was formerly on the east side of the Gloucester to Ledbury Turnpike, but the sharp bend in the road was straightened in the 1990s, and it is now on the west side of the A417, set back from the main road. Please note also it is now in private ownership.

Ledbury Methodist Circuit included chapels in 3 counties - Birtsmorton (Worcestershire), Ledbury and Much Marcle (Herefordshire), and Cliffords Mesne, Dymock, Kents Green, Newent, Pool Hill, and Upleadon in Gloucestershire, as well as the Playley Green Chapel, then in Worcestershire. Note: Redmarley parish belonged to Worcestershire until 1931, and indeed may still be recorded as such in some reference sources.

Denomination

Now or formerly Wesleyan Methodist.

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 SO7614731539. 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 5 Jun 2011 at 10:56.

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