Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Baptist Chapelyard, Shortwood, Nailsworth (1) (120k) Baptist Chapelyard, Shortwood, Nailsworth (2) (111k) Above Photograph(s)
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Baptist Chapelyard, Shortwood, Nailsworth
Baptist Chapelyard,
Shortwood Road,
Shortwood, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

Church History

This Cemetery or Burial Ground was founded in 1715, but we don't know whether or not it is still open.

This Cemetery is to the north of All Saints Church, and believed to be on the site of the first Shortwood Baptist Chapel. Kelly's Directory of 1923 records that as a burial ground it dates from 1715, when the Baptist Chapel was founded. The original chapel was rebuilt in 1837, then rebuilt again in 1881, on a new site, in Newmarket Road, Nailsworth. There was (in 1923) also a mortuary chapel nearby connected with the burial ground, with an infants' school adjoining it.

In its 18th century heyday, according to the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), pp.217-218 (Nailsworth - Nonconformity) Shortwood was said to be the largest country Baptist meeting in England. It also records that "in spite of the emigration of over 80 members to Adelaide between 1838 and 1840, the adult congregation was claimed to number at least 1,000 in 1851".

The gate, gate piers, wall, and railings at the entrance to the burial ground have Grade II Listed Building status - see British Listed Buildings website for details. There is a sign on the left side of the gateway which says "Beware uneven ground holes, Badger sets and Snakes."


Now or formerly a Cemetery (Baptist).

In most cases this will be a record of its original consecration.


This Cemetery is/was located at OS grid reference ST8373599460. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • 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 09:49.

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