Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Ellwood Methodist Church (formerly 'Providence Chapel'), Ellwood, Coleford
Ellwood Methodist Church (formerly 'Providence Chapel')   [no longer registered]
Bromley Road, GL16 7LZ,
Ellwood, Coleford, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel 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 1841, but we understand it was closed in 2016, and the premises are now in secular use.

This building is apparently the one mentioned by the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp.396-404 (Forest of Dean - Nonconformity) as founded in 1841, as it is shown on the earliest available Old Map, dated 1888, on which it is labelled "Methodist Chapel (Primitive)". By OS Maps of 1902-1903, it is shown to have a burial ground; and on OS Maps of 1972, it is called Ellwood Methodist Church.

Note: according to the aforementioned VCH account, the present building dates from 1876, but the original building was retained as a schoolroom.

I have been fortunate enough to discover that it was closed for worship on 19th July 2016, thanks to an article "Ellwood Methodist Church is closing its doors this Sunday" published by the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review on 16 Jun 2016. The estate agent's brochure for its sale in July 2017 mentioned that it was "suitable for community use, or conversion to residential or commercial", subject to planning consent. The burial ground, was not however part of the sale, and was to be retained by the vendor together with full access rights. And "there is a right of way across the land to the south east of the church enjoyed by the cottage to the rear".


Now or formerly Primitive 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 SO5902408303. 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 Ellwood, Coleford, 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 27 Jan 2019 at 10:23.

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This Report was created 30 Nov 2023 - 19:56:30 GMT 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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