Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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The Tabernacle URC, Dursley
The Tabernacle URC,
3 Parsonage Street,
Dursley, 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 1760, and we understand it is still open.

The Tabernacle URC is a Grade II Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details.

Meetings of Presbyterians or Independents began about 1702 by the Rev. Joseph Twemlow of Cam Meeting, and a meeting house was built in Water Street about 1718. Preaching by George Whitefield in the mid 18th century resulted in the formation of a separate Calvinistic Methodist society, for which the first 'Tabernacle' was erected about 1760. This new society attracted members from the early meeting house, which eventually closed. It was for a time used as a school, but at the time of the RCHME study, published as Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire, in 1986, it was said to be a roofless shell.

The present Tabernacle was built in 1808, on a new site. Monuments inside the chapel include (1) John DANDO, 'hatmaker' (1775) and Susanna his widow (1791); (2) Hanna RUDDER (1808); (3) John TROTMAN, 'Card Board maker' (1839) and Ann his wife (1836); (4) Rev. William BENNETT (1830); (5) William SMITH (1829); (6) Richard TROTMAN, 'Baker' (1810); (7) Isaac DANFORD (1788) and Rachael his widow (1802); (8) William KING (1803). [Source: Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986)]

Note: Kelly's Directory of 1923 records that the chapel has (had) a burial ground of 1 acre; also that William KING (listed above) "originated the first Sunday-school in the town, and suggested to his friend, Robert RAIKES, the establishment of Sunday-schools in Gloucestershire".

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 Church is located at OS grid reference ST7540398240. 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 25 Jun 2011 at 17:59.

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