Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Ebenezer Chapel (now Lydney Methodist Church), Lydney
Ebenezer Chapel (now Lydney Methodist Church),
Albert Street,
Lydney, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel does 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 1850, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 records Lydney's Primitive Methodist Chapel as built in 1869. It is labelled on early Old Maps as "Ebenezer Chapel (Primitive Methodist)".

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 the origins of its congregation in two cottages at Newerne which were converted into a chapel by the Primitive Methodists in 1850. The new chapel was built "on the road to Primrose Hill (later Springfield Road)" in 1869, and 2 years later, in 1871, the old chapel was sold. After the Methodist Union of 1932 it became "Springfield Methodist Church", then in 1959 (presumably), when they were joined by the congregation of the former Wesleyan Chapel in Hill Street (or Swan Road), the Lydney Methodist Church.

At the time of the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/576/3/3/9), the name of the place of worship was entered as "none", but it was a separate building used exclusively for religious worship built "in the year of our Lord 1850". There were 100 sittings, and if there weren't enough seats, enough room for 40 persons to stand. The congregation on March 30th was 60 to morning service, 100 in the afternoon, and 140 in the evening. The form was completed by Thomas Peters, a Trustee, who lived in Lydney.

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


Now or formerly Primitive 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 is located at OS grid reference SO6343903579. 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 09:03.

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This Report was created 19 Aug 2022 - 08:26:50 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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