Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Marshfield Chapel, Marshfield
Marshfield Chapel,
High Street,
Marshfield, 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 before 1800, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/331/2/5/14) for "Primitive Methodist Chapel" indicates a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship erected "before 1800". There were free sittings for 84, and 36 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation of 45 at afternoon service, and 83 in the evening - no Sunday School. The return was completed by Martin Palmer, a Local Preacher, who lived in "Marshfield, Gloucestershire".

The position of the building is shown on Old Maps, marked as "Chapel". It was about half the size of the nearby Independent Chapel, which had seating for 400, and the same is true today; however it hasn't been possible to assign a date to the building as the plaque in the gable is now eroded. It is built of stone, with 2 round-arched windows on either side of a central doorway, also with a round-arched surround. The sides are of 3 bays, only one of which is visible from the road, and this can be seen to have 2 windows similar to those in front.

According to the following notice in The London Gazette of 22nd March 1938 (p.1956) a Methodist Church was closed:

NOTICE is hereby given that the Place of Meeting for religious worship described as METHODIST CHAPEL situated at Marshfield in the civil parish of Marshfield in the registration district of Sodbury in the county of Gloucester which was duly certified for worship on the 12th day of February 1861, has wholly ceased to be used as a Place of Meeting for religious worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was so certified, and that the Registrar-General has caused the record of the certification thereof to be cancelled pursuant to the Act 18 and 19 Vict., cap. 81 from the 21st day of March 1938. Dated 21 March 1938.

It is not known whether the notice refers to this building, and a temporary closure, or another; but in either case, services were still being held here at the time I prepared this account in 2014, in partnership with the parish church. Further details may be available on St Mary's Church, Marshfield website, or on the Marshfield Parish Plan website, which encompasses the whole village.


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 ST7767173754. 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 Marshfield, 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 21 Nov 2018 at 16:24.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 13:53:00 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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