Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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The Old Meeting House, Marshfield
The Old Meeting House   [no longer registered]
High Street, SN14 8LT,
Marshfield, 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 1680, but we understand it was closed in 1886, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/331/2/5/12) is for a place of worship in Marshfield called "Presbyterian Chapel", with a Unitarian congregation, erected in 1751 as a separate building used exclusively for divine worship. There was seating for 25, all free, and the average congregation was 20 at afternoon services. The return was completed by James Jeffery, its Minister, of "15 Grange Grove, Bath, Somersetshire". He remarked that "the Chapel will hold 150 persons".

The location of the Chapel is marked on Old Maps of 1882 only, as it was closed shortly after, and by 1886 had been converted into a Reading Room. I was lucky enough to discover this in 2014, when I was preparing this account originally, on a website for The Old Meeting (Unitarian) and Bath Unitarian Fellowship, who were using the building for the period 2008-2013. This website now appears to have gone offline, but they do (in 2018) still have a FaceBook presence - Bath Unitarians.

There is also a comprehensive description of both the exterior and interior of the building on the British Listed Buildings website. According to the latter account it retains its original galleries and wainscots, also the attached burial ground.

Thanks also to the account of the building's history by Bath Unitarians, we can identify James Jeffery, who completed the return to the 1851 Census in Marshfield. He is named in their account as one of the lay preachers who served at Marshfield from the 1840s to the late 1850s, coming from Bath Unitarian Chapel, in Trim Street. We are also told the Chapel's origins in Marshfield can be traced to 1680 when George Seal, who had been ejected from a living in South Wales, became pastor of a society of dissenters there. A permanent building in Marshfield was not, however erected until 1751/2.


Now or formerly Presbyterian/Unitarian.

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 ST7777473700. 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 27 Nov 2018 at 13:31.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 16:49:13 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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