Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Demolished?), Northleach
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Demolished?),
Mill End,
Northleach, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel did 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 before 1827, but we understand it was closed in 1883.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 9: Bradley hundred: the Northleach area of the Cotswolds (2001), tells us that a "small new chapel" was opened in Northleach in 1827, by a group of Wesleyan Methodists, who had (probably) been meeting under a minister from Chalford from 1821. The chapel was situated at Millend, and was running a Sunday school by 1833.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/341/1/8/12) for Wesleyan Methodist Chapel describes a separate building erected in 1826, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 70, and 96 "other" sittings; and the congregation on March 30th 1851 was estimated as 79 in the afternoon, and 114 in the evening, with 21 Sunday Scholars attending in the afternoon. The return was completed by William Hy. Cornforth, its Minister, resident at 22 Gt. Norwood St, Cheltenham.

The VCH account records that "it was then (ie 1851) a part of the Cheltenham Wesleyan circuit and members of the Cheltenham church often walked over to Northleach to hold Sunday services". It adds that attendance fell following the opening of the new Congregational Church in the High Street (1860), and the building was soon afterwards sold to the Primitive Methodists. They in turn sold it before 1889 to the Salvation Army, who used it for a short time; then "before 1912 it passed to the Congregationalists, who used it as an Institute until c.1923".

Unfortunately it has not been possible to ascertain its exact location, as - in spite of its use as a public building at least until the 1920s, it does not appear on any Old Maps of that era.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Methodist.

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 in the town/village nearest 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 09:12.

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This Report was created 1 Jul 2022 - 05:20:42 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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