Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Christ Church, Berry Hill, Coleford
Christ Church,
Ross Road,
Berry Hill, Coleford, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or 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 1804, and we understand it is still open.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp.396-404 (Forest of Dean - Churches) tells us that the foundations of Christ Church's congregation were laid in 1804, when the vicar of Newland, P.M. Procter, began preaching in a cottage belonging to Thomas Morgan, a coal miner. Morgan provided the site for building a school-chapel, which opened in 1813. "After a year or so was used solely as a free chapel ... by people from the settlements around Berry Hill and sometimes from as far afield as Lydbrook, Worrall Hill, Hillersland, and the Lane End district". There is a monument to the Rev. Procter inside the church. He died in 1822.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1923, the ecclesiastical parish of Christchurch was created in 1844, to include Joyford, Hillersland, Shortstanding, Edge End and part of Berry Hill, in the township of West Dean. The population in 1923 was "scattered... mostly employed in and around Coleford of which place it forms a suburb". Christ Church was described as "a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of apsidal chancel, erected in 1885, double nave, south aisle, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing one bell. A pulpit of Caen stone was erected in 1885 as a memorial to the Rev. William Henry Taylor B.A. vicar 1852-83, an organ being added at the same time". In 1913, the church was reseated, a vestry was added and an oak screen erected.

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Now or formerly Church of England.

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 SO5716212956. 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 Berry Hill, Coleford, 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 19:00.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 12:37:25 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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