Gloucestershire Places of Worship

We have 1 Image Old Town Meeting House, Wotton under Edge Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Old Town Meeting House, Wotton under Edge
Old Town Meeting House,
Old Town,
Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 1703, but we understand it was closed after 2004.

The sign on the front of the building says this is 'Old Town Meeting House - (Independent) - Erected 1701-3'. This was possibly the first permanent meeting house for a Presbyterian congregation which was formed in the late 17th century. It was registered by them as 'newly erected' in 1702, and was the first to be built of several non-conformist chapels in the town.

During the 19th century it became Congregational, and between 1898-1904 the building was drastically remodelled.

One of its pastors, the Rev. James Hardyman, served the chapel for a total of 61 years, until 1941. It was previously licensed for Marriages, but apparently it is now (2011) longer open for worship, and its former congregation now worship at Wotton United Church, in Bradley Street.

It is believed to have had a burial ground, with burials taking place into the 19th century. The fate of the gravestones, and their inscriptions is unknown for sure, but the most likely place, if any have survived, is with those from other churchyards in the town at Wotton under Edge Historical Society Museum & Heritage Centre. [Sources: Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986), and information available in 2010 in the Places of Worship section and Discussion Forum of Wotton under Edge Town Council website]

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


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 Church was located at OS grid reference ST7585393371. 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 Wotton under Edge, 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 14 Nov 2018 at 11:29.

Search for other Places of Worship in Gloucestershire, or in another County in this Database

Please choose a County by selecting one of the Tabs below.
Note: you MUST choose a County - searching all four at once is not an option!

Search Tips:

You can specify either a Place, or OS Grid Reference to search for. When you specify a Place, only entries for that place will be returned, with Places of Worship listed in alphabetical order. If you specify a Grid Reference, Places of Worship in the immediate vicinity will be listed, in order of distance from the Grid Reference supplied. The default is to list 10, but you can specify How Many you want to see, up to a maximum of 100.

You can further refine your search by supplying other search terms.

Please note the above provides a search of selected fields in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database on this site ( only. For other counties, or for a full search of the Database, you might like to try the site's Google Custom Search, which includes full webpage content.

Further Information

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no affiliation with the churches or congregations themselves, nor is it intended to provide a means to find places of worship in the present day.

Do not copy any part of this page or website other than for personal use or as given in our Terms and Conditions of Use.

You may wish to take a look at our About the Places of Worship Database page for an overview of the information provided, and any limitations which may be present.

This Report was created 28 Nov 2023 - 17:28:15 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.

URL of this page:
Logo by courtesy of the Open Clip Art Library