Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bourton on the Water Baptist Chapel (Demolished), Bourton on the Water
Bourton on the Water Baptist Chapel (Demolished),
Cemetery Lane,
Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel 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 1655, but we understand it was closed in 1876.

This former meeting house was replaced in 1876 by the building which is today's Bourton on the Water Baptist Church. It was built in 1701 for a congregation in existence by 1655, but has now been demolished. The surrounding burial ground survives, and is situated next to Bourton on the Water Cemetery. It is enclosed by a stone wall, and is approached through its own separate entrance.

The above information was compiled with the assistance of the booklet Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986, pp.61-2), where there is a list of some of the memorials, quoted from a publication The Strict Baptist Chapels of England Vol 5 (1952-68, pp.114-15). There is more information on the growth of the Baptist congregations in Bourton on the website of today's Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church, including information about "a promising lad", Benjamin Beddome, who became a much loved pastor and preacher, but also acquired a reputation as a hymn writer. The "handsome double-fronted" manse that his congregation built for him was sold by the church in 1938, and survives now as the Old Manse Hotel.


Now or formerly 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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SP1709220758. 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 Bourton on the Water, 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 30 Jan 2019 at 08:55.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 11:34:08 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.

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