Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Mount Zion Chapel (later Eaves Christian Centre), Bream
Mount Zion Chapel (later Eaves Christian Centre)   [no longer registered]
Whitechapel Road, GL15 6LR,
Bream, 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 1851, but we understand it was closed by 1991, and the premises are now in secular use.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 tells us there were United Methodist and Primitive Methodist Chapels at Bream Eaves, and a Wesleyan Chapel in Bream. Old Maps of 1881 show that of the three, this one, in Whitechapel Road, was the Primitive Methodist Chapel, known as "Mount Zion" (or "Mount Sion").

According to 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), the society was formed in 1851, and the chapel was built in 1858. It attracted worshippers from Whitecroft village, where Primitive Methodists had held cottage meetings; and in 1879, had a congregation of 150. In 1932, when many of the diverse Methodist societies joined the Methodist Church, it still had 40 members.

At the time of compilation of OS 1960, all 3 three chapels named in Kelly's Directory were still labelled as "Methodist" - this one as "Bream Eaves Methodist Church". However, this one is known to have closed in the early 1990s, its closure recorded in following notice in The London Gazette of 3rd December 1991 (p.18558):

The Registrar General, being satisfied that METHODIST CHURCH, Eaves, Bream, in the registration district of Forest of Dean, in the Non-Metropolitan County of Gloucestershire is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 19th May 1903 registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act 1836 (as amended), has cancelled the registration. Dated 22nd November 1991.

After its closure, I understand it was bought by the PCC of St James's Parish Church, and became "Eaves Christian Centre", to be used for a variety of parish-related activities. However since then, it has been sold, and a new Church Centre has been built, details of which may be found on Bream Church website.


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 SO6083506129. 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 Bream, 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 07:53.

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This Report was created 9 Aug 2022 - 21:00:23 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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