Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Lydney Baptist Church, Lydney
Lydney Baptist Church,
High Street,
Lydney, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or 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 before 1819, and we understand it is still open.

The Baptist Church is an unusual, but attractive building. It is long and narrow, with white rendered walls. The front is of 3 bays with two tall round-arched windows on either side of a central porch, above which is a third round-arched window. The porch is topped with a steep pediment inside which is a rococo surround to an oval containing the caption "Baptist Chapel". A similar pediment terminates the roof at the front. The entrance is up 3 steps. The sides of the Chapel cannot be seen from Google StreetView, but the description on the British Listed Buildings website says they each have 3 windows having sashes with 6+9 panes under interlaced Y-tracery and in simplified surrounds as at front". Their account also provides the information that the interior has a plain ceiling with rosette, panelled gallery front, and pitch-pine pews.

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.46-84 (Lydney) records that Baptists, who were attached to the church at Coleford, were meeting at the house of John Trotter, in Lydney by 1819, and in 1836, when the group had 30 members, he bought the land on which the chapel was built.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/576/3/3/7) for Lydney's "Baptist Meeting-house" describes a separate building erected in 1836, used exclusively as a place of worship, with free seating for 130, and 120 "other" sittings, including the vestry, and with standing room in the aisles. The average congregation was 140 to morning services and 180 in the evenings, with 150 Sunday Scholars to afternoon classes. The return was completed by Thomas Nicholson, its Deacon, of Lydney, who explained that "the Chapel is occupied by Teachers & the Sunday Scholars & friends only in the Afternoon".

There is no sign of it ever having a burial ground attached.


Now or formerly Baptist.

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 is located at OS grid reference SO6307703003. 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 Lydney, 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 08:33.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:14:55 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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