Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Lydbrook
Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
B4234 (Main Road),
Lydbrook, 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 1812, but we understand it was closed in 1956.

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) paints a lively portrait of the introduction of Wesleyan Methodism to the Forest to 1808 or 1809, when two ministers from the Monmouth Wesleyan circuit were attacked and driven off when they began holding open-air services.

Later reception was apparently more peaceable, and William Woodall, Wesleyan Methodist minister of Monmouth, was able to arrange for a chapel at Lower Lydbrook to be registered in 1812.

The Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/577/1/5/20) records the place of Wesleyan Methodist worship at Lydbrook as erected "about 1800". It was not a separate building, and not used exclusively as a place of worship, but had free seating for 50. Evidently it would have been full on March 30, as the Minister was expecting an attendance of 50 at afternoon service, with 34 in the evening. The return was completed by Samuel Wesley, its Minister whose address was "Little Dean Woodside, Newnham, Gloucestershire".

It wasn't until 1864 that this congregation acquired a dedicated building. Although it has now been demolished, its position can be seen on Old Maps, and A Brief Account of the History of Lydbrook, on the Forest of Dean Family History Trust website, provides the additional information that it was situated almost under the Viaduct. Their account also records that it closed in 1956; and that it served as a warehouse until it was demolished, in 1966.


Now or formerly Wesleyan 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 SO5959316866. 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 Lydbrook, 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 16 Nov 2018 at 14:37.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 00:37:26 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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