Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Baptist Chapel, Meysey Hampton
Baptist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Church Street,
Meysey Hampton, 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 1639, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

The entry in Kelly's Directory of 1923 for Meysey Hampton records that its Baptist Chapel was founded in 1639, and had a burial ground.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/340/3/7/7) is for a place of worship named "Chapel" in "Maisey Hampton". It was erected in 1833 for a Baptist congregation and was a separate building used exclusively as a place of worship. There were 120 sittings, all free, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 50 in the afternoon, and 30 in the evening, with 35 Sunday Scholars attending an afternoon class. The average attendance figures were given for mornings only, when 65 attended service, and 35 Sunday Scholars attended class. The return was completed by Wm. Thomas, its Minster, who lived in Fairford, Gloucestershire. He remarked that "Evening Congregation has been lately chaistned by the overbearing & unscrupulous restraints imposed upon the People by certain individuals of the Establish'd Sect - there being then no Church Service - the result is plainly seen in the above & general desecration of this Sabbath Evening & in the increased drunkenness, bad neighbourhood, & general discord of the People". Oh dear...

Evidently, the building referred to above replaced the earlier chapel, mentioned by Kelly. It is built of stone, and set back from the road, enclosed by a wall at the front, with railings on top, and an arched gateway. There may have been a diamond-shaped dedication plaque in the gable above the entrance, otherwise it has the appearance of a traditional Cotswold Cottage.


Now or formerly General 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 SU1182099871. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 17 Jan 2014 at 08:17.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 17:26:55 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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