Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Arlington Baptist Chapel, Bibury
Arlington Baptist Chapel,
Arlington Green,
Bibury, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel has (or 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 1747, and we understand it is still open.

This Baptist Chapel is a Grade II Listed Building. The British Listed Buildings website provides the details that it is a "simple rectangular building with hipped roof" of Welsh slate, dated 1833. There are three 2-light triangular-headed windows to each long side, and 2 similar windows to each end, and stained glass windows at the south west end.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 says it was first erected about 1747, and rebuilt in 1839. The latter date is presumably incorrect, but the Religious Census of 1851 confirms a date of foundation, of "before 1800". The return describes a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship, with seats for 240, all free, to which there is an additional note that "there is no charge for sitting but families who regularly attend have their own seats usually, for convenience' sake". The expected attendance on Mary 30 1851 was 139 in the morning, and 80 Sunday Scholars, and 150 in the afternoon, with 72 Sunday scholars: "the service is alternately in the Afternoon & Evening - on the Evening in which there is no Preaching, a service being read".

The return was completed by Richard Hall, the Minister, whose address was "Arlington, Nr. Fairford". He does not qualify the style of Baptist worship, but OS 1884 1:2,500 labels it as General Baptist - it also records an associated Burial Ground.

For more information about its History, see the Arlington Baptist Church website.


Now or formerly General 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 is located at OS grid reference SP1111206740. 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 Bibury, 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 25 Jan 2019 at 14:35.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 18:35:46 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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