Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Chapel (Demolished), Beckford
Wesleyan Chapel (Demolished),
Back Lane / Cheltenham Road (A46),
Beckford, 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 1912, but we understand it was closed in 1914.

This place of worship first came to my notice in 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.250-262 (Beckford), and its position is shown on Old Maps of 1923.

The site for the Chapel was given by Mrs. Jessie Creese, from land belonging to the Beckford House estate. It was built of wood and iron, and after it was sold in 1940, it was removed to Uckington, to serve as a Baptist chapel.

It stood on the north-west corner of the junction of Back Lane and the main road between Cheltenham and Evesham, in the area labelled as "Little Beckford". There were about a dozen houses and a Smithy at that time. The Barnt Green, Evesham & Ashchurch branch of the Midland Railway ran a short distance north of the Chapel. Beckford Station was midway between Beckford and the main road, about half a mile to the north-east of the Chapel. Nearby was Beckford Hotel (originally an 18th century Coaching Inn), and a Cattle Market.

The Beckford Hotel - now the Beckford Inn - is still in existence, but perhaps not surprisingly, there is nothing to be seen of either the Chapel or the Cattle Market today. The land the Chapel stood on has reverted to agriculture, and the Cattle Market is now a housing development.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO9758335103. 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 Beckford, 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 06:52.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 19:27:21 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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