Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Nailsworth Methodist Church (Christ Church LEP), Nailsworth
Nailsworth Methodist Church (Christ Church LEP) (link to Church's website)
Newmarket Road, GL6 0DQ,
Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church does 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 after 1973, and we understand it is still open.

Methodist worship in Nailsworth can be traced back to 1911, when the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), pp.216-217 (Nailsworth - Nonconformity) records that Wesleyans bought the old Tabernacle chapel in Bristol Road, a former Baptist Chapel. They remained there until 1947 when they moved to a hall at Spring Hill, which they are reported as still using in 1973.

Evidently, what is now Nailsworth Town Hall, in Old Bristol Road, would have been the Tabernacle Chapel, since it is reported as a former Methodist chapel by the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council website. "Character building, previously methodist chapel, on edge of town. Hall capacity: 180".

It is not known at present when the Methodists left the Spring Hill premises, but today, they meet in the building known as Christ Church LEP. It was built originally as a Baptist Chapel, but today it offers a choice of Communion Service - Methodist style, United Reformed Church, or Baptist. Its baptist origins are reflected in two commemorative stones:

This Stone was Laid by
Edward Bean Underhill Esq. LL.D.
Secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society.
"Except the Lord Build the House
They Labour in Vain that Build it"
In memoriam
Thomas Burchell (1799-1846)
Member of Shortwood Baptist Church,
Baptist missionary to Jamaica and
prominent slavery abolitionist

Edward Underhill, a former Oxford grocer, was also involved with the abolition of slavery - he is mentioned in several sources online, including Kings College London archives and special collections.

Denomination

Now or formerly 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 Church is located at OS grid reference ST8466999500. 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 14:42.

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