Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Northleach Independent Chapel (Demolished?), Northleach
Northleach Independent Chapel (Demolished?),
Antelope Close / Antelope Lane,
Northleach, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel 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 1797, but we understand it was closed about 1860.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 9: Bradley hundred: the Northleach area of the Cotswolds (2001), pp.106-145 (Northleach with Eastington) provides a useful account of the foundation of the first Independent Chapel in Northleach. It was first opened in 1798, in Antelope Close (Antelope Lane?), and was served by the same minister as Pancakehill (Chedworth).

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/341/1/8/11). Northleach Independent Chapel describes it as a separate building, founded "about 1800", with free seating for 100 worshippers, and used exclusively as a place of worship. There were an estimated 90 attendees at evening service on 30th March 1851, compared with an average attendance of 80 over the previous 3 months. There were no morning or afternoon services. The return was completed by Daniel Cornish, its Minister. He gave his address as Statham Cottage, Chedworth, Nr. Andoversford, Gloucestershire.

In 1860, it was replaced by a new building in the High Street, consecrated as a Congregational Chapel. However, a link with the former building was maintained, as the VCH account records that the burial ground remained in use until the 1950s.

Antelope Lane is recorded as an alley running from the West End to St Peter and Paul's Church, named for the Antelope Inn, one of the former coaching inns in the West End. The latter has since been converted into cottages. Old Maps indicate the burial ground was still in existence in 1979; however whether the Chapel building itself survives is not known.


Now or formerly 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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SP1113514720. 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 Northleach, 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 4 Jul 2017 at 08:21.

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This Report was created 1 Jul 2022 - 06:42:20 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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