Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Briavels Castle Chapel (Private), St Briavels
St Briavels Castle Chapel (Private)   [no longer consecrated]
Church Street,
St Briavels, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1300, and we understand it is still open, and the premises are now in secular use.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 records that St Briavels Castle was "originally built for the purpose of keeping back the incursions of the Welsh, has been restored, and is now a private house; the keep, built in the reign of Henry I. fell from age in 1752; the existing buildings, dating from 1276, include the entrance towers, which are still entire, as well as the kitchen and the chapel or oratory, erected in 1300".

Today, it is a Youth Hostel, though still amazingly well preserved - according to the British Listed Buildings website, "a very impressive remnant and sited very prominently opposite the Church of St Mary". The Chapel, they say, is "now a games room... has heavy 3-bay roof, double chamfer door, and an original piscina, and includes a 3-light stone casement with heavy transom but tracery now missing from pointed head, and a similar window to room known as King John's bedroom; King John's bedroom includes a very heavy overmantel on triple shafts with carved caps which do not fit the shafting".


Now or formerly Medieval Chapel.

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 SO5584604567. 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 St Briavels, 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 26 Mar 2013 at 12:41.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 11:40:05 GMT 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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