Gloucestershire Places of Worship

We have 2 Images The Old Chapel, Newnham on Severn (1) (93k) The Old Chapel, Newnham on Severn (2) (91k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of John Williams
The Old Chapel, Newnham on Severn
The Old Chapel   [no longer registered]
High Street, GL14 1BU,
Newnham on Severn, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel did 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 1864, but we understand it was closed in 1968, and the premises are now in secular use.

The building in this location is marked as an Independent Chapel on OS Maps 1889-1891 1:10,560, and as a Congregational Church on Maps of 1924 1:10,560 and later. It is now in commercial use.

It is one of only two places of worship in Newnham listed in Kelly's Directory of 1923. The other is St Peter's Church. Their incumbents were, respectively, Rev. James H. Bolton, and (vicar of St Peter) Rev. Charles Herbert Murray Fasson M.A.

The site for the chapel was given by Alfred and Tom Goold. When it opened in 1864, it replaced an earlier building in Littledean Road (now Dean Road) known as the "Newnham & Blakeney Tabernacle".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 1st December 1865 (p.6402) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Congregational Chapel, situated in the parish of Newnham, in the county of Gloucester, in the district of Westbury-on-Severn, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 29th day of November, 1865, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Dated 30th November 1865.

According to the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.49 (Newnham - Nonconformity), it was put up for sale in 1968, services were once again held in the former chapel, which in the intervening period had been used as the parish hall. Seemingly however it was not de-registered for marriages until 1971, the notice being recorded in the Gazette of 22nd June 1971 (p.6688).


Now or formerly Independent/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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO6906811857. 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 Newnham on Severn, 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 30 Dec 2014 at 18:58.

Search for other Places of Worship in Gloucestershire, or in another County in this Database

Please choose a County by selecting one of the Tabs below.
Note: you MUST choose a County - searching all four at once is not an option!

Search Tips:

You can specify either a Place, or OS Grid Reference to search for. When you specify a Place, only entries for that place will be returned, with Places of Worship listed in alphabetical order. If you specify a Grid Reference, Places of Worship in the immediate vicinity will be listed, in order of distance from the Grid Reference supplied. The default is to list 10, but you can specify How Many you want to see, up to a maximum of 100.

You can further refine your search by supplying other search terms.

Please note the above provides a search of selected fields in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database on this site ( only. For other counties, or for a full search of the Database, you might like to try the site's Google Custom Search, which includes full webpage content.

Further Information

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no affiliation with the churches or congregations themselves, nor is it intended to provide a means to find places of worship in the present day.

Please also remember that the former The Old Chapel is understood to be in secular use, so care should be taken to preserve the privacy of its occupants.

Do not copy any part of this page or website other than for personal use or as given in our Terms and Conditions of Use.

You may wish to take a look at our About the Places of Worship Database page for an overview of the information provided, and any limitations which may be present.

This Report was created 19 May 2022 - 00:43:00 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.

URL of this page:
Logo by courtesy of the Open Clip Art Library