Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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First County Mental Hospital Chapel, Gloucester
First County Mental Hospital Chapel   [no longer consecrated]
Horton Road / Harescombe Drive,
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 1849, but we understand it was closed after 1980, and the premises are now in secular use.

This was a chapel formerly belonging to the First County Mental Hospital. The present building was erected in 1873, to a design by James MEDLAND, on the site of the Asylum's former burial ground, replacing a smaller chapel. The latter had been built in front of the Asylum building in 1849, by the firm of Fulljames and Waller.

It is not known when the chapel was closed for services; however in living memory, it has been used for Hospital and Community Nursing Stores by the Gloucester Royal Hospital. Then in 2011 it was purchased by the property development company of M.E. Wynn & Co Ltd, and it was decided to develop the building as a Care Home. The original Chapel building has been retained, with the addition of a three storey extension to provide additional facilities, described in an article Chapel gets a New Lease of Life, published in the Gloucester Citizen on 22nd May 2014.

The present-day Hospital Chapel is inside the Gloucester Royal Hospital, and known as "The Chapel (GRH)". According to the Christians in Gloucester website ( website it is Ecumenical. [Source: John Williams, from the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 4: The City of Gloucester (1988), pp.269-275 (Gloucester - Hospitals)]


Now or formerly Hospital Chapel.

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 SO8436618439. 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 16 Nov 2018 at 15:55.

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This Report was created 19 May 2022 - 07:03:45 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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