Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Cleeve Chapel, Bishops Cleeve
Cleeve Chapel   [no longer registered]
Pecked Lane,
Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel 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 1844, but we understand it was closed before 1911, and the premises are now in secular use.

This place of worship is first noted on Old Maps as "Chapel (Nonconformist)" but by OS 1902 1:2,500 as "Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel". The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 8: Cleeve, Deerhurst and Tibblestone, and the lower divisions of Tewkesbury and Westminster (1968), pp.2-25 (Bishops Cleeve) refers to it as "a chapel in Cleeve village, where a nonconformist meeting was recorded in 1841 ... which closed in or before 1911, and became a private house called St Anne's".

The VCH account also refers to the return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/343/2/12/15), which records it as "Countess of Huntingdon", erected in 1844 as a separate building used exclusively for religious worship. There was seating for 250, all free, and standing room space 32x23x18 feet high. The estimated number to attend service on March 30 was 12 in the morning, and 60 in the evening. Over the rest of the year, there were an average number of Sunday Scholars of 40 in the morning and 50 in the afternoon. Unusually also there were evening classes, with an average attendance of 20. The return was completed by James Downing, the Manager, who lived at "135 High St. Cheltenham". He also completed the return for Woodmancote Chapel.

Old Maps show there was a Burial Ground to the east of the building, which was marked by OS 1923 1:2.500 as disused.


Now or formerly Huntingdon Connexion.

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 SO9617627552. 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 Bishops Cleeve, 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 12:53.

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This Report was created 29 May 2022 - 04:08:30 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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