Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Hanham Wesleyan Chapel (Demolished), Hanham
Hanham Wesleyan Chapel (Demolished),
High Street (south side),
Hanham, Gloucestershire.


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 1827, but we understand it was closed in 1965.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/327/1/3/12) records a Wesleyan Methodist congregation meeting in "Hanham Street, Parish of Bitton" in a separate building used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 300, and 100 "other" sittings, with an average congregation of 150 attending both afternoon and evening services, and 200 Sunday Scholars. However, on March 30 only 20 worshippers attended divine service, and 150 Sunday Scholars, leading the Minister, Charles Clay, to record that "the present number of hearers is below the average in consequence of a secession". Interestingly, he made a similar comment on his return for the Kingswood Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Blackhorse Road, for which see the separate entry in this database.

The building is marked on Old Maps from 1882 onwards, when it is labelled as a Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), situated next to the village school, and as late as OS 1953-1968. By then it is labelled "Methodist Church", and the school is named "Samuel White's Primary & Infant School". Next to it to the east, the present-day park, with the War Memorial at its centre can be seen. This was apparently laid out in 1947, when the War Memorial was moved from Wittucks Road, and now forms the approach to Hanham Community Centre; whilst the Hanham Youth Centre now occupies the site where the Methodist Church used to be.

The Latter-day Saints have microfilm of records for the "Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Hanham, Gloucestershire)" for the period 1870-1966, and indeed, today's Hanham Methodist Church website in their "Potted History", confirm it was closed in 1965, after which its congregation joined theirs - then known as "Hanham Ebenezer Methodist Church". Curiously, even though it had closed, its location still shown with a '+' on my OS Landranger Map of 1983 - perhaps it was in use for a time as the Church Hall, before its demolition, and erection of the Youth Centre.

Other Sources used in compiling this account include: Hanham Community Centre website, and the "FamilySearch" Catalog on the website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]


Now or formerly Wesleyan 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 was located at OS grid reference ST6436172241. 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 15 Jul 2013 at 09:13.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 06:36:44 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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