Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Guiting Power Chapel, Guiting Power
Guiting Power Chapel,
Guiting Power, 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 1835, but we understand it was closed in 2015.

Described in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) as "rubble and slate, gabled west front". The datestone above the venetian window above the entrance is for 1835.

The Chapel has been closed now, but prior to its closure, the website it shared with Naunton Baptist Chapel (also now closed) had an account of how Guiting Chapel was "seeded" from Naunton by the efforts of one man - the Revd. Joseph Acock. Joseph had been born at Northleach, and educated at Westwoods Grammar School, but in 1817 was living with his uncle in Cold Aston. He was converted to the Baptist faith by Revd. Thomas Snow, a controversial figure from Cheltenham, who had taken over the Naunton ministry in 1818. This displeased his uncle, so Joseph moved to Guiting, where he supported himself running a day school for the village children.

Snow left the Chapel at Naunton in 1821, having become increasingly unpopular with one faction of the congregation. As a consequence, the church, in looking for someone who could unite the two factions, invited Joseph Acock to lead them, "which he did very ably for the next 23 years".

Meanwhile back in Guiting, Joseph was preaching regularly from a cottage there, until in 1835, it was decided Guiting needed its own. An appeal for funds was launched, and the chapel built, to open in May 1836.

"Ever since, Naunton and Guiting chapels have remained twinned, with a shared minister". [Sources: Chapel History, in 2013, available on the website of Naunton and Guiting Power Baptist Chapels (, and Last prayers spoken as village chapel goes up for sale, published on 17th March 2015 in the Cotswold Journal]

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Now or formerly Baptist.

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 SP0926424881. 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 Guiting Power, 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 Nov 2018 at 09:47.

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This Report was created 1 Dec 2023 - 15:56:32 GMT 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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