Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Westerleigh Tabernacle, Westerleigh
Westerleigh Tabernacle   [no longer registered]
Westerleigh Road,
Westerleigh, Gloucestershire.


This Church 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 in 1844, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/331/1/1/2) for the Tabernacle in Westerleigh parish describes a separate building erected in 1844 exclusively as a place of worship for a congregation of Independents. There were 200 free sittings, and 40 "other" sittings, and the average congregation was 55 to morning services, 100 in the evenings, and 47 Sunday Scholars attended morning and afternoon classes. The return was completed by J.M. Hunchester, Superintendent of the building, whose address was "No 1 Freemantle Villa, Ninetree Hill, Bristol". He remarked that "This chapel with about 14 others within 12 miles of the City of Bristol is under the management of a Society calld [sic] the Bristol Itinerant Society - all in connexion with the Independent Churches of the City, the whole of the agents acting gratuitously".

The building is basically rectangular, and aligned north-south. The entrance is at the north end, through a pointed-arched doorway, above which is a pair of lancet windows, and above again, a shield with a date of 1844. The side facing the road, has 3 bays with similar lancets. See also its Grade II Listing on the British Listed Buildings website for details.

It is listed in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) as "Rodford Tabernacle", with a congregation belonging to the Evangelical Church. Old Maps show there was a Burial Ground attached, but presumably this has been cleared, because as far I am able to tell in the present day (2014), the building is now the home of the Immanuel Christian School.


Now or formerly Independent.

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 ST6991680452. 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 Westerleigh, 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 12 Jan 2014 at 12:01.

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This Report was created 21 Jan 2022 - 14:24:58 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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