Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist ('Ebenezer') Chapel, Painswick
Primitive Methodist ('Ebenezer') Chapel   [no longer registered]
2 Bisley 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 1829, but we understand it was closed in 1962, and the premises are now in secular use.

According to Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) this former Primitive Methodist ('Ebenezer') Chapel was built in 1854 for a society meeting formerly in Vicarage Street. The British Listed Buildings website (it is Grade II Listed) says 1834.

As can be seen from our photograph, the plaque isn't easy to read. It was more so when the photograph for the NCC Chapels booklet was taken, where the year carved between "Primitive Methodist Chapel" and Ebenezer", does look closer to '1854' than '1834'. It is also possible to see there was a notice board above the door at that time announcing it was then "Painswick Spiritualist Church". 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) records that the Painswick Spiritualist Church was founded in 1968, and services were held in the former Methodist chapel. Their account says Primitive Methodists had been established in Painswick in 1829, meeting in a room in Vicarage Street, until their chapel was built ... in 1849.

Possibly (probably?) its closure as "Methodist Chapel, Painswick" was recorded in The London Gazette of 30th November 1962 (p.9387) as one of the buildings which "have wholly ceased to be used as places of worship by the congregations on whose behalf they were certified in accordance with the Places of Religious Worship Certifying Act 1852, or Places of Worship Registration Act 1855". If so, its original certification was dated 30th March 1860, though that may have been for marriages.

The building's Listed status was acquired in 1990, by which time it had already been closed for worship. Since then, it has been converted into sale rooms, with its interior "modified for current use".

The Listed Building site is very complimentary regarding the building's outer appearance: "windows have flush voussoirs; the whole, set to a rubble plinth, is in a very important position visually, terminating a vista along St Mary's Street".


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 SO8682209723. 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 07:56.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 00:18:24 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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