Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Dursley Methodist Church, Dursley
Dursley Methodist Church,
Castle Street,
Dursley, 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 1798, and we understand it is still open.

It may be useful to know that the Methodist Church is a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

A History of Methodism in Dursley is provided on the Church's own website. Briefly, Methodism began following a member of Dursley Tabernacle, Gabriel Hale, who lived in Stancombe, being inspired by the preaching of Rev. Walter Griffiths, a Wesleyan Methodist from Bristol, at Kingswood. Gabriel Hale gathered other like minded people together to meet in his own house to hear other speakers sent by Walter Griffiths. Meetings later took place in a private house in Woodmancote, Dursley.

As the congregation expanded, they purchased the premises of John Ball, a brewer and pig killer, in the town centre and had it registered as a place of worship in 1799. This building was adapted for use as a chapel, with ornamental "Dutch" gable facing the Town Hall, but was demolished when the present church was built, over half a century later, on the same site. The latter, described by the Gloucester Journal as "an ornament to the town", opened on 1st June 1864.

The builder was a Dursley Methodist, Edmund Bloodworth and the architects were Messrs Pearson and Son of Ross. Its first minister was William Jenkin, (1757-1830), a Cornish man from St Keverne, who had been a missionary to the West Indies, before he came to Dursley. By 1801, the Dursley Methodist Society had grown to 219, and new chapels were established in surrounding villages - Alkerton in 1802, Kingswood and North Nibley in 1804, Wotton under Edge and Berkeley in 1805, Coaley in 1807, and Uley and Leonard Stanley in 1808.

The first register of baptisms begins in 1800 and includes some burials. After the closing of the Methodist burial ground, and St James's Churchyard in the late 1850s, burials took place in St Mark's Churchyard, Woodmancote. There are no marriage registers. [Information summarised from the excellent account of the history of Methodism in Dursley on the Church's website]

Some information on the Methodist Church is also available in the Dursley Glos Web collection, on its "Dursley Churches" webpage. The site also has some very useful information about the Dursley area in general, and a nice collection of photographs, both old and new, so well worth a visit.


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 ST7561198186. 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 Dursley, 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 22 Nov 2018 at 10:11.

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This Report was created 8 Aug 2022 - 01:36:48 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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