Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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The Tabernacle (now Rodborough URC), Rodborough
The Tabernacle (now Rodborough URC),
Tabernacle Walk, GL5 3UJ,
Rodborough, 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 1750, and we understand it is still open.

The entry in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) for "Rodborough Tabernacle" states that "a preaching house built in 1750 for a group of Calvinistic Methodist societies in the neighbourhood of Rodborough forms the nucleus of the present chapel. These societies founded by George Whitefield, together with others more remote, later became known as the 'Rodborough Connexion', and eventually adopted Congregational practices".

The interior contains several memorials, recorded by Stuart Flight as part of his collection of material for the Stroud Area, Gloucestershire. The building is now Rodborough Tabernacle URC.

The return for "Rodborough Tabernacle" for the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/338/5/8/10) is interesting. It was said to have a Calvinistic Methodist congregation, to have been erected "before 1800" as a separate building used exclusively for religious worship. There were free sittings for 200 and 520 "other" sittings. The estimated congregation on March 30 was 340 at morning service, and 300 in the afternoon, with 110 and 126 Sunday Scholars respectively. There was no evening service. The return was completed by James Bizzly, its Secretary, whose address was "Draper, Stroud". There was however a comment by Samuel Thodey, its Minister, who said "the afternoon Congregation at Rodborough is various in number - but mostly much larger than the morning excepting when the weather is stormy, as was the case this day. We consider that 500 persons of all ages may be reckoned as belonging to the congregation".

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), p.232 (Rodborough - Nonconformity) records that the Tabernacle was built by Thomas Adams about 1766. In 1973, as the Rodborough United Reformed Church, it had "a membership of 120, and a larger number of regular adherents". It also mentions that several relics of George Whitefield are preserved at the chapel, including the chair he used on his visits.


Now or formerly Calvinist/Congregational.

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 SO8459103997. 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 Rodborough, 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 17:08.

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This Report was created 16 Oct 2021 - 22:13:57 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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