Gloucestershire Places of Worship

We have 1 Image Primitive Methodist Chapel (now The Playhouse), Stroud (47k) Above Photograph(s)
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Primitive Methodist Chapel (now The Playhouse), Stroud
Primitive Methodist Chapel (now The Playhouse)   [no longer registered]
Parliament Street,
Stroud, 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 1836, but we understand it was closed before 1960, and the premises are now in secular use.

This building has been the Cotswold Playhouse for some years, at least as early as 1999. The flat-roofed extension at the front, and a smaller extension to the right side are additions to the original chapel building, which dates from 1835, according to Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986).

It can be seen on Old Maps, for example OS 1884 Town Plans, 1:500 as a Methodist Chapel (Primitive) with seats for 500. This map also shows a burial ground to the left, obviously the original graveyard. It was thought that there were some remaining memorials, which had been laid flat, but none were in evidence on our visit.

The map also shows there was a Sunday School attached to the building at the rear, and - interestingly - a Well at the front, which the new portion must have been built over!

It is understood to have closed in the 1950s, according to information on <Stroud Genealogy on Stuart Flight's "Glosgen" website. [Other Sources: John Williams, Rosemary Lockie, and various Old Maps]


Now or formerly Primitive 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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO8566305178. 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 Stroud, 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 8 Nov 2018 at 16:25.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 19:41:31 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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