Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Thornbury Baptist Church, Thornbury
Thornbury Baptist Church,
Gillingstool, BS35 2EG,
Thornbury, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or 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 1747, and we understand it is still open.

Thornbury Baptist Church website provides the information that Baptist services in Thornbury date back to 1747, with the first permanent church building opening in May 1789. It also says this continued in use until 1989, when the new building (the main church centre) was completed, at which time the old building became the youth centre.

This does however conflict with information provided elsewhere. Kelly's Directory states that in 1923 there was a Baptist Chapel in St John Street, erected in 1828. Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) confirms a date of 1828, but says that the chapel was at Gillingstool, which is where the present building is.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) also draws a comparison between the Baptist Meeting House and the Congregational Chapel in Chapel Street, saying it is "generally similar to the last, but with round-arched windows". The Congregational Chapel had been built 2 years before, in 1826.

The Baptist Church is a Grade II Listed Building; their account confirms the NCC date of 1828 - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. So does the information recorded in the leaflet South Gloucestershire Nonconformist Heritage Trail (PTE050151.pdf) available (in 2013) on South Gloucestershire Council website - "the chapel building of 1828 stands in its burial ground with a suite of new buildings attached to the rear..."

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Now or formerly Particular 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 Church is located at OS grid reference ST6393790015. 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 Thornbury, 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 10 Nov 2018 at 11:18.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 22:56:07 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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