Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Monica's Chapel (Private), Stoke Bishop
St Monica's Chapel (Private),
St Monica's Home of Rest, Cote Lane, BS9 3TL,
Stoke Bishop, 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 in 1925, and we understand it is still open.

The British Listed Buildings website describes St Monica's Chapel as built in 1925 to a design by Sir George Oatley for H.H. (Henry Herbert) Wills. It consists of a nave of 6 bays, and chancel, flanked on the south side by a Lady Chapel, and on the north side by an organ bay, with "an octagonal ashlar bell tower in the re-entrant with the chapel with square belfry, angle buttresses to pinnacles, 3-light windows and open Tudor-arched windows to the belfry, a crested parapet, and weathered roof to a finial".

Today it is part of Cote Lane Retirement Village, the founding site of the St Monica Trust (Registered Charity #202151), established by Dame Mary Monica Wills, wife of Henry Herbert Wills - "a committed High Church Anglican, she was also determined that at the heart of the project should be a 'splendid and very beautiful chapel'" (quote from the St Monica Trust website). The architect, George Oatley, of this, and of Wills Hall, was a family friend.


Now or formerly Care Home Chapel.

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 ST5723376256. 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 Stoke Bishop, 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 23 Nov 2018 at 10:45.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 17:46:39 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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