Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Default Image Sorry, we do not have an Image of this Place of Worship We do not have a
Photograph at present.

Image by courtesy of
Longwell Green Methodist Church, Longwell Green, Oldland
Longwell Green Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
12 Shellards Road,
Longwell Green, Oldland, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 1823, but we understand it was closed by 1987, and the premises are now in secular use.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) describe this former Wesleyan chapel (in Shellards Road) as having a three-bay gabled front with later porch; opened in 1823, and transferred to the Free Methodists about 1870. The Free Methodists already had a Chapel of their own in Bath Road, but they appear to have wanted the Shellards Road building as a Sunday School, as that is what is indicated on OS 1904-1916. By OS 1948-1966, however, the roles were reversed, and the building in Shellards Road became the "Church" (or, on OS 1968 1:2,500 "Longwell Green Methodist Church"), whilst the former Free Methodist Chapel became the Sunday-school... all in all, quite a complex timeline to follow.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/327/2/2/23) indicates discord at an earlier period. There was no service held on March 30, there being "no hearers at present in consequence of a secession". This was for the "Wesleyan Methodist Chapel" in "Longwell Green in the Parish of Bitton", which was erected "about 1845", and had a Sunday School Room attached. It had free sittings for 100 and 50 "other" sittings, with an average congregation over the last 12 months of 50 worshippers at afternoon and evening service. The return was completed by Charles Clay, its Minister, of "Kingswood near Bristol". He also completed the return for "Cock Road Day and Sunday School", in Cock Road (now Cock Road Methodist Church).

The latter is still open, but the following notice in The London Gazette of 26th March 1987 (p.4101) indicates the closure of the Longwell Green Church:

The Registrar General, being satisfied that LONGWELL GREEN METHODIST CHAPEL, 12 Shellard Road, Longwell Green, Oldland, in the registration district of Bristol in the Non-Metropolitan County of Avon is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 12th January 1960 registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act 1949 (as amended) has cancelled the registration. Dated 11th March 1987.

It is probable that its former congregation would have joined with the Anglican congregation of All Saints Church, as a similar notice, also of 11th March 1987 was published to indicate All Saints had been registered for solemnizing marriages. Thereafter (I assume) the Methodist Church was sold, and passed into secular use.


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 Church was located at OS grid reference ST6584371124. 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 Longwell Green, Oldland, 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 14 May 2013 at 11:44.

Search for other Places of Worship in Gloucestershire, or in another County in this Database

Please choose a County by selecting one of the Tabs below.
Note: you MUST choose a County - searching all four at once is not an option!

Search Tips:

You can specify either a Place, or OS Grid Reference to search for. When you specify a Place, only entries for that place will be returned, with Places of Worship listed in alphabetical order. If you specify a Grid Reference, Places of Worship in the immediate vicinity will be listed, in order of distance from the Grid Reference supplied. The default is to list 10, but you can specify How Many you want to see, up to a maximum of 100.

You can further refine your search by supplying other search terms.

Please note the above provides a search of selected fields in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database on this site ( only. For other counties, or for a full search of the Database, you might like to try the site's Google Custom Search, which includes full webpage content.

Further Information

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no affiliation with the churches or congregations themselves, nor is it intended to provide a means to find places of worship in the present day.

Please also remember that the former Longwell Green Methodist Church is understood to be in secular use, so care should be taken to preserve the privacy of its occupants.

Do not copy any part of this page or website other than for personal use or as given in our Terms and Conditions of Use.

You may wish to take a look at our About the Places of Worship Database page for an overview of the information provided, and any limitations which may be present.

This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:40:50 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.

URL of this page:
Logo by courtesy of the Open Clip Art Library