Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Ashton under Hill Free Church, Ashton under Hill
Ashton under Hill Free Church,
Elmley Road,
Ashton under Hill, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 1923, and we understand it is still open.

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.245-250 (Ashton under Hill), records that this chapel, begun in 1923, was built on the site of an earlier chapel, founded in the late 1860s by a group of Baptists, who wanted to leave the Baptist movement. It was financed by public subscription, and was run by a local committee. "In 1966 the chapel, which had a congregation of c.40, was served mainly by local preachers of whom there were several in the village".

It is a rectangular building of red brick, with 4 bays of rectangular windows on the north side, and a south transept with two pointed-arched windows, and a doorway, providing the entrance to the building. There is a large east window facing the road, which would grace any "Gothic" church, and the gable is topped by a cross at the apex. There are several "foundation" stones with dedications set below the window, and overall it has a pleasing appearance.. Apparently it is not a Listed Building, but in my opinion it is unusual enough, and special enough to merit it.

It was registered for marriages on 24th January 1923 as "Baptist Chapel" [London Gazette, 2nd February 1923 (p.840)]; however Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) lists it as "Ashton under Hill Free Church", with a congregation of "Free Churchmen".


Now or formerly Free Church.

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 SO9972338353. 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 Ashton under Hill, 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 11:02.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 01:17:07 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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