Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Hanham Ebenezer Methodist Church (The "Pound Chapel"), Hanham
Hanham Ebenezer Methodist Church (The "Pound Chapel"),
Chapel Road, BS15 8SD,
Hanham, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 in 1851, and we understand it is still open.

This building is marked on Old Maps, for example OS 1882 1:2,500 as a Methodist Chapel (United). It occupies an extensive plot but unlike Hanham's Independent and Baptist Chapels, it does not appear to have had its own graveyard.

An extract from Hanham Ebenezer Methodist Church - Centenary Souvenir, 1851-1951 - available on Hanham Methodist Church website - provides an excellent history. It records that it was founded by a group of people who are described in the chapel's deed as "holding the same doctrines as the Society of Methodists established by the Reverend John Wesley, but no longer members due to expulsion by the preachers known as The Methodist Conference". Building their chapel was not without problems as "the men were mostly labourers and colliers, who worked long hours and had little money. They had, however, unbounded faith, energy and enthusiasm and they made their plans ... their church should be built by them in their spare time! The women helped by bringing the evening meal and those early days saw many a supper party amongst the growing walls of our beloved Church. Our Candlelight Service in December is a yearly reminder of this truly great period".

The Church has continued to evolve since 1951, and (also noted on the above mentioned website) in 1965 its congregation was joined by that of High Street Methodist Church, the latter being demolished after their union. "The Youth Centre now stands on the site where the old High Street Church once stood".

The village Pound stood opposite the Chapel, and thus it became known affectionately as the "Pound Chapel". The Church bought the Pound in 1878, and converted it into a Sunday School. Foundation stones for the new building were laid by William BUTLER and Handel COSSHAM, but "the original medieval walls were retained and must be some of the oldest stonework in Hanham".

The entry for the Chapel in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986, p.88) is recorded under 'Kingswood (near Bristol)'. It is described as "Free Methodist", founded in 1851, enlarged in 1903, and "with mid 19th-century pedimented front of ashlar; apparently designed by D. Whitchurch". They include a photograph of it prior 1981, before it was "entirely refronted".


Now or formerly Free/United 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.


This Chapel is located at OS grid reference ST6428172358. 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 Hanham, 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.

Information last updated on 30 Jan 2019 at 10:03.

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This Report was created 1 Jul 2022 - 06:50:37 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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