Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Holy Trinity Church, Drybrook
Holy Trinity Church,
Trinity Road, GL17 9LE,
Drybrook, 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 1817, and we understand it is still open.

Holy Trinity Church is a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. It was the second church to be built in the Forest of Dean, the first being Christ Church at Berry Hill.

According to 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.389-396 (Forest of Dean - Churches) Holy Trinity was built originally as a free chapel by Rev. Henry Berkin, who at the time was curate of Weston under Penyard (Herefordshire). He began holding services in the Forest in 1812 while at Mitcheldean, and was also instrumental founding an Anglican church in Lydbrook.

Holy Trinity is known locally as the "Forest Church", in contrast to All Saints, Newland, known as the "Cathedral of the Forest".

Drybrook was formerly a division of East Dean, which at the time of Kelly's Directory of 1923 contained three ecclesiastical parishes: Holy Trinity, St John the Evangelist and St Stephen's Woodside. Holy Trinity was formed in 1842, and included Drybrook, Ruardean Woodside, Ruardean Hill, Harry Hill and the greater portions of Plump Hill and Edgehills.

St John the Evangelist and St Stephen's are now part of Cinderford, whilst the "Forest Church" itself is one of 3 belonging to the Drybrook, Lydbrook and Ruardean Benefice. The Drybrook pages have an excellent account of Holy Trinity Church History.

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


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 SO6478616488. 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 Drybrook, 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 Jan 2019 at 13:46.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 18:37:09 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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