Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Fairford United Church (formerly Baptist Church), Fairford
Fairford United Church (formerly Baptist Church),
Milton Street, GL7 4BN,
Fairford, 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 1724, and we understand it is still open.

According to Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) a Baptist church originated about 1700 at Maiseyhampton (Meysey Hampton), moving to Fairford in 1724, when a 'New built House lately erected' was registered for worship. An Independent church also existed in the early 18th century, for which a new meeting house was built in 1744. This was replaced in 1862 by a small Gothic chapel ('Croft Chapel') designed by T. Rogers Smith. In 1919 the two societies formed a united church, meeting in the Baptist chapel. The Independent chapel was closed, and in 1965, demolished.

The chapel has stone walls and a hipped slate roof. The front has 3 bays, a moulded cornice and parapet with anthemion ornament at the corners, and the date MDCCCLIII (1853) of its refurbishing on a raised block at the centre.

'Anthemion' is the Greek form of the motif known as 'palmette', a decoration resembling the fan shaped leaves of a palm tree.

There are monuments inside the chapel, and a small burial ground in front, with several large monuments and headstones of the 18th century, including one to William THOMSON, 1779.


Now or formerly Baptist/Independent.

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 SP1493800941. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 27 Jan 2019 at 05:46.

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This Report was created 13 Aug 2022 - 10:04:04 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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