Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Painswick Baptist Chapel (formerly Wesleyan Methodist), Painswick
Painswick Baptist Chapel (formerly Wesleyan Methodist)   [no longer registered]
3 New Street,
Painswick, 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 1773, but we understand it was closed after 1984, and the premises are now in secular use.

"A handsome building, holding an important position in the street, as seen from the south" - so says the British Listed Buildings website. This Chapel, though primarily Baptist, was built originally in 1806 for a Wesleyan Methodist Congregation. The Baptist congregation which took it over in 1831 had previously worshipped in a building at Jacks Green in Sheepscombe, which they sold to the Primitive Methodists the same year.

The latter is still open, now Sheepscombe Methodist Church (see separate entry in this database); however as can be seen from our photograph, Painswick Baptist Chapel is now in commercial use. For a time, its congregation formed a Local Ecumenical Partnership with the Congregational (URC) Chapel in Gloucester Road, but the latter was closed in 2010.

According to the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), pp.83-85 (Painswick - Protestant Nonconformity), a house was registered in Painswick for Anabaptists as early as 1705, and there was said to be a Baptist community with a church at Painswick in 1773. [Other Source: Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986)]


Now or formerly 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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO8666609734. 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 Painswick, 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 Dec 2014 at 08:37.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 23:38:35 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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