Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Oldland Common Tabernacle United Reformed Church, Oldland Common
Oldland Common Tabernacle United Reformed Church,
High Street,
Oldland Common, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 1811, and we understand it is still open.

This place of worship was bypassed by the Google "StreetCar", but there is a photograph of it as the Oldland Common Tabernacle United Reformed Church on the Geograph website looking very smart. It has a three-bay front, with two round-arched windows, and central porch, topped by a half-pyramidal canopy. There is a smaller semi-circular window above the porch, and the semi-circular theme is mirrored in the capping to a finial at the apex, topped with a slender cross. The whole is painted white.

The earliest Old Map to show it is OS 1882 1:2.500, where it is labelled as "Independent Chapel". The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/327/1/3/6) for "Oldland Common Tabernacle" records a separate building, used exclusively for religious worship by an Independent congregation. It was erected in 1811, and had free seating for 256, and 94 "other" sittings. On Sunday evenings, it was almost full, with an average congregation of 300, with 120 worshippers in the morning. It also had an average of 130 Sunday Scholars at morning classes. The return was completed by George Short, "Senior Deacon" of the Chapel, whose address was "Oldland Common, Near Bristol". He provided the additional information that (a) The Sabbath School children do not attend the Evening Service as a body. Many of them come with their parents, but the number cannot be ascertained, and (b) This Chapel is supplied with preachers by the Bristol Itinerant Society connected with the Independent Churches of Bristol.

According to a "Warmley Historical Timeline 1086-1999" in Paul Townsend's Flickr Photostream, it was rebuilt as "Oldland Tabernacle Church" in 1860 at a cost of £400. The same source records that it closed in 1973, presumably coincident with the formation of the United Reformed Church.

It is not mentioned by Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986), nor by Kelly's Directory of 1923, in which Oldland Common is recorded with Bitton. The latter however does mention the Primitive Methodist Chapel, which has been identified in the present day as the United Oldland Methodist Church.


Now or formerly Independent/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 Church is located at OS grid reference ST6738571296. 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 Oldland Common, 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 Feb 2012 at 12:49.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 19:52:56 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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