Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Tibberton Methodist Church, Tibberton
Tibberton Methodist Church,
Huntley Road, GL19 3HF,
Tibberton, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does 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 1821, and we understand it is still open.

According to the Church's website, Tibberton's chapel, built in 1839, is now the Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit's oldest purpose-built place of worship.

Meetings in Tibberton are known to have been held as early as 1821, when a William Phelps sought permission from the Bishop of Gloucester "for the dwelling house of William Parsons to be used as a place of religious worship by 'protestant dissenters'". And by 1836 the scene was set for the building of a permanent chapel, when "open-air Methodist services were being held near the site of the old school, the worshippers sitting on logs stacked by the side of the road".

The chapel as built in 1839 was "very plain, comprising four walls, four windows and a door, and there were three rows of box pews on either side of a central aisle". The land it was built on was purchased from Mr Benjamin PALMER; he is remembered in the church's three stained glass windows, which have a "BP" motif, though it is believed they were installed after his death, on 9th July 1891.

Extensions to the original chapel included a schoolroom, and an apse, which (so the church's website says) was built specially to house the stained glass windows.

The original schoolroom has since been replaced with the "Teague Room", "built from the original bricks and tiles and including the hand-made hook for tethering the preacher's horse". It was named in honour of the Teague family dynasty - William Teague (1786-1867) a builder and carpenter, who was born in Redmarley, and his sons John (1813-1885) and Charles (1818-1914). John was one of the original Trustees of the Chapel; Charles sang in an Anglican choir, but converted to methodism in 1840. He was a "Total Abstainer and non-smoker... Steward and Class Leader and Sunday School Teacher from about 1855". His daughter Louisa Harriet (1874-1969) was church organist, and his son Charles Palmer Teague (1876-1971) was "a lifelong Methodist working not only at Tibberton Chapel but also in Kents Green Chapel until its closure".

Today, the Methodist Church shares services with the Anglican congregation of Holy Trinity Church, and monthly united services alternate between church and chapel. There are also close ties with May Hill and Hartpury Methodist Churches.

The above information is an abstract from an article Tibberton Methodist Church on the Gloucestershire Transport History website, which in turn references two publications by William Balmforth - "The Bullocks, Palmers and Teagues", and "A Brief History of Tibberton Methodist Church". The connection is with Charles Palmer Teague, who kept a fleet of wagons nearby to Barber's Bridge station, the first to be built west of Gloucester on the Great Western's route via Newent and Dymock to Ledbury.


Now or formerly Methodist.

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 SO7569621433. 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 Tibberton, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 3 Nov 2018 at 13:01.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 15:16:32 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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