Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Stapleton Baptist Church, Stapleton
Stapleton Baptist Church,
Broom Hill, BS16 1DN,
Stapleton, 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 1833, and we understand it is still open.

Stapleton Baptist Church is described on Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website as "a small simple rural chapel built in 1835", and "small, but elegant". It seems to me that small is deceptive, as it is built on a hillside, and the builder has exploited the lie of the land to provide a basement. The basement walls are of stone, and the ground floor walls a mix of blockwork, painted white, and pebble-dash, with 3 round-arched windows in the longer side (parallel to the road), and an entrance porch in the shorter side, facing uphill. Above the porch is a pediment, supported by embedded pilasters, with a plaque, which unfortunately, is no longer readable. Phil also mentions a stable block, and "a pleasant interior with simple pews and organ/pulpit arrangement".

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/6/2/10) for the "Baptist Chapple" describes a building erected in 1833, with seating for 200, all free. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 80 worshippers, to both a morning, and evening service. The return was completed by Enos Sparks, its Deacon, who gave his address as "Stapleton, Gloucestershire".

Some 150 years later, the Church remains in good repair, and now belongs to the West of England Baptist Association.


Now or formerly Baptist.

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 ST6214076591. 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 Stapleton, 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 3 Feb 2014 at 11:33.

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This Report was created 27 May 2022 - 03:10:16 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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