Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Ebenezer Chapel (Demolished), Stow on the Wold
Ebenezer Chapel (Demolished),
Well Lane / Chapel Street,
Stow on the Wold, 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 1840, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

This chapel is shown on Old Maps (for example OS 1921 1:2,500) as 'Ebenezer Chapel (Bapt)' as quite a substantial building, but appears now to have been demolished.

According to the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 6: Slaughter hundred, and the upper divisions of Tewkesbury and Westminster hundreds (1965), pp.142-165 (Stow on the Wold), it was a chapel of the Strict and Particular Baptists, which may have been founded by a group that had registered a house in Stow for dissenting worship in 1798. The Ebenezer Chapel was not however registered until 1842 (built 1840). In 1851 it had a congregation of 80 or more, but fell into disuse early in the 20th century. It then became the meeting of a group of 'closed' Plymouth Brethren. It had a yard containing 7 headstones with dates covering a period 1843-1876.

The entry in the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/342/2/8/15) which apparently corresponds to this chapel is somewhat of an anomaly. It is recorded as "Ebenezar Chapel", with an address of Maugersbury and a congregation of Particular Baptists. It was built in 1840, as a separate and exclusive place of worship, with free seating for 100, and standing room for 20. The estimated number of worshippers to services on March 30 was 89, with an average attendance of 80 or 100 for the preceding months. The return was completed by Robt. Roff, its Minister, whose address was "Stow on the Wold, Glou'shire". The VCH refers to a house being registered in 1830 in Maugersbury "but probably beside the town of Stow rather than in Maugersbury village", so perhaps this is why the Ebenezer Chapel was recorded for Maugersbury.

There seems to be no doubt that the chapel was in Stow, as a further web document - Meeting Hall, Well Lane, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, An Archaeological Evaluation for The Stow Room Trust, published by Thames Valley Archaeological Services Ltd - also refers to it, providing additional information that it was demolished, and replaced by a Meeting Hall, which in 2005 was due to be demolished itself, and replaced by housing.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SP1934625800. 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 Stow on the Wold, 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 18 Nov 2018 at 16:11.

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This Report was created 17 May 2022 - 01:54:29 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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