Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Hanham Baptist Church, Hanham
Hanham Baptist Church,
High Street (north side),
Hanham, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or 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 1650, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/327/2/2/20) for "Hanham Meeting" records a General Baptist congregation founded in "January 1650", meeting in a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 490, and 10 "other" sittings, and on March 30 there were an estimated 50 at morning service, 350 in the afternoon, and 40 in the evening, with 20, 16 and 8 Sunday Scholars respectively. The return was completed by John Ody, its Deacon, who lived in "Herring Lane, Hanham, near Bristol".

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) records a building erected about 1721 for a church formed in 1714 ... "of stone with a parapet and round-headed windows", which, it adds, has been demolished since 1965. Its replacement, built to the west of the original site, was erected in 1907 by La Trobe and Weston, but this has been "drastically altered".

There is a small burial ground next to the church, in which it can be seen that some stones have been taken up and laid against the side walls. The NCC assessment, much of which was completed before 1974, mentions "several headstones of the late 18th century and after, some with winged cherub's heads, reset against the east boundary". To all appearances from pre-1907 Maps, the original chapel was behind (to the north) of the burial ground, and approached by a path through the burial ground. In 1882, it was labelled as "Particular Baptist".

The NCC account also mentions a monument to Charles Whittuck, 1788, presumably inside the church originally, but now reset in the vestibule of the church hall.


Now or formerly General/Particular Baptist.

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 Church is located at OS grid reference ST6460072181. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 15 Jul 2013 at 08:45.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 18:34:52 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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