Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Ryecroft Wesleyan Chapel, Gloucester
Ryecroft Wesleyan Chapel   [no longer registered]
Conduit Street / Ryecroft Street,
Gloucester, 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 in 1870, but we understand it was closed in 1955, and the premises are now in secular use.

"The beginning of Ryecroft started about the year 1846, when a branch church of Northgate Street was opened in Victoria Street"... Ryecroft Wesleyan Chapel was built in 1870, on land purchased from the Methodist New Connection where a Countess of Huntingdon Chapel was standing. It provided for the needs of worshippers who had been attending the Victoria Street Chapel, together with those from nearby Tredworth Chapel.

It was opened 8th May 1871, when the existing chapel became a schoolroom. The Gloucester Journal, in its announcement of the opening ceremony, reported the building was "lit by gas, and heated by hot air from a huge cylinder in the base of the tower".

A decline in worshippers followed WWII, so in 1955 the Trustees decided to try to sell the premises. Discussions took place with other Chapels nearby in hope of amalgamation, but these were not successful. Eventually the internal furnishings were sold off, and in 1957, the building was leased to the Local Authorities for 14 years. However in 1999, it was taken over by the Barton and Tredworth Community Trust.

One of the items in the 1955 sale was the organ, built for Ryecroft in 1898 by Sweetland of Bath, for £400. It was bought by St Nicholas's Church in Ashchurch for £100, and is still in use there today. The War Memorial, and other fittings which could be used were transferred to St Luke's Methodist Church in Stroud Road.

The above account was prepared in 2010 with the assistance of a description of the building on a website belonging to the Barton and Tredworth Community Trust, who as indicated above had taken it over in 1999. The Trust became a Registered Charity (#1089540) in 2001, but now (in 2018) I have discovered it no longer exists. Indeed, according to the Charity Commission website, it was removed from their register in 2013. It is assumed therefore that they are no longer using the building, but the former chapel may well have been adopted by now for some other cause!


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 at OS grid reference SO8364517711. 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 Gloucester, 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 Nov 2018 at 08:39.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 14:19:30 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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