Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Sheep Street Chapel, Cirencester
Sheep Street Chapel,
Sheep Street, GL7 1QW,
Cirencester, 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 1833, but we understand it was closed before 1888.

A large rectangular 5-bay building, with 2 floors and a basement, with steps leading up from street level to a Doric portico. The Chapel was built in 1833 on land leased from Lord Bathurst. Some 50 years later, in 1888, Lord Bathurst arranged to have it converted into a public hall, when it became known as Apsley Hall. Memorials commemorating those who died in WWI were added to either side of the front porch in about 1919; then in 1921, Lord Bathurst gave it to the Memorial Hospital, on the opposite side of the street. In 1990, it became Cirencester Memorial Centre, providing mental health care.

Jerome Clapp (1807-1870), the father of 'Three men in a Boat' author Jerome K. Jerome was reputedly the builder, and the minister of the Chapel. [Sources: the British Listed Buildings, Rosemary Lockie, and John Williams]


Now or formerly Independent/Congregational.

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 SP0206901808. 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 Cirencester, 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 9 Jan 2011 at 13:52.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 17:41:48 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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