Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Congregational Chapel (Demolished), Stonehouse
Congregational Chapel (Demolished),
High Street,
Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

This Chapel 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 1809, but we understand it was closed in 1964.

The position of this Chapel is shown on Old Maps, for example OS 1902 1:2,500. Kelly's Directory of 1923 records that it was built in 1820, and had seating for 450. Old Maps also show that it had a graveyard, backing onto what is now Laburnum Walk. The plot it occupied appears to be still in existence.

Additional information is available on the webpage Stonehouse - A Timeline - 1000 Years, provided by Stonehouse History Group. This site records that the chapel was built in 1827 (not 1820), was closed in 1964, then demolished in 1967, as a consequence of its destruction by fire. The site also has a photograph, showing its "Jubilee Arch", which commemorated the chapel's golden jubilee.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.287-288 (Stonehouse - Nonconformity) provides evidence of an earlier congregation. It records that a group of Congregationalists associated with the chapel at Ebley met from 1802 at a house at Haywardsend, then from 1809 in a malt-house at Stonehouse, until a dedicated chapel was built in in 1811. This was replaced by another building on the west side of the High Street in 1823, which was in turn was replaced by the aforementioned building in 1827 "on a near-by site, a stone building in classical style". The yard adjoining it was used for burials from 1833 or earlier.

In 1851, about one quarter of its members were workers in the cloth industry. [Glos. Archives D 2144/1]

One of the earlier chapels, converted into cottages, survived until 1933.

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 SO8053505314. 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 09:41.

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