Herefordshire Places of Worship

Congregational Chapel, Ledbury (41k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
Congregational Chapel, Ledbury
Congregational Chapel,
off High Street,
Ledbury, Herefordshire.


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 1607, but we understand it was closed in 1970.

The following information about the Chapel has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] Hidden away down an alley almost directly behind the Ledbury Market Hall, and overshadowed by other buildings, this former Chapel is not easy to find!

The first chapel on this site was built about 1607, rebuilt in 1749, then replaced by the present building in 1852. The cornice decorating the top of the fascade says it: ‘Rebuilt Anno Domini MDCCCLII’. During the 17th century its congregation included Presbyterians, and one of its ministers is said to have been John Barston, ejected as rector of Aylton.[1]

It qualifies for an entry in Herefordshire's “Sites & Monuments Record” [2] (SMR Number: 16596), where it is described as a United Reformed Church.

This is curious, as the building is understood to have closed for worship “about 1970”, which is before former Congregational Chapels were offered the opportunity to join the United Reformed Chrurch. Perhaps “about 1970” is misleading.

Its present usage is unknown.

[1] Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Central England. HMSO, 1986.
[2] Herefordshire Through Time[1]

(SMR Number: 16596)


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.


This Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO7114237707. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Ledbury, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 5 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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