Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Former Free Methodist Chapel, Longwell Green, Oldland
Former Free Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Bath Road (A431),
Longwell Green, Oldland, 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 1853, but we understand it was closed after 1916, and the premises are now in secular use.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) describe this former Free Methodist chapel as having a three-bay front with a worn tablet with a date of (possibly) 1853. They also mention that it was used as a Sunday-school after about about 1870, but this does not appear to be entirely accurate. Old Maps of 1882-1888 record two separate Methodist Chapels in Longwell Green - this one, indicated as Free Methodist, and a Wesleyan Chapel in Shellards Road. The latter, according to the above publication, was acquired by the Free Methodists "about 1870", suggesting that it became their main place of worship, but this does not appear to have happened until later. Maps for 1904-1916 indicate the Free Methodist Chapel remained a place of worship, whilst the former Wesleyan Chapel became a Sunday-school. By OS 1948-1966, however, the situation was as they indicate - the "Church" was then in Shellards Road, and the Free Methodist building had become the Sunday School.

An intriguing, and complex situation... much simpler in the present day, as both are now in secular use - the former Free Methodist given a new lease of life as a Fitness Studio.


Now or formerly Free 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 ST6585671051. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 14 May 2013 at 11:41.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 01:15:58 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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