Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Newent United Reformed Church, Newent
Newent United Reformed Church,
High Street,
Newent, 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 1846, and we understand it is still open.

The United Reformed Church, originally Newent Congregational Church, was built on the site of a former Inn, originally known as The Lower Horseshoe but latterly as The Swan. Congregational meetings had begun in 1843 when a room was hired in the High Street by George Hayes, a Carpenter, and Mr Sutherland, an Excise Officer. Their first recorded preacher was Rev. Dr. Brown from Cheltenham. Opposition to the meetings was initially so great that "windows were broken and constables had to be hired to control the crowd". Some things never change! The chapel itself was opened on 6th May 1846, and was built to seat 300. It was Newent's first non-conformist place of worship. [Source: Chapters in Newent's History, published by Newent Local History Society (2003), pp.20-22 & p.192]


Now or formerly United Reformed (URC).

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 SO7214725887. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 11 May 2012 at 06:41.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 11:44:35 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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