Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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France Congregational Church, France Lynch, Chalford
France Congregational Church,
Randalls Green,
France Lynch, Chalford, Gloucestershire.


This Church 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 1695, but we understand it was closed after 1984.

A 'new erected house at Chalford' was registered in 1695 for Presbyterians and a meeting existed in the early 18th century at 'Chalford Bottoms' with Theodore Westmacott as minister. The present chapel is inscribed 'France Meeting Rebuilt 1819'. It is a large building of stone, with a hipped tiled roof. The south front is of three bays with a central doorway having a large semi-circular fanlight. Above it is a small blind-glazed Venetian window. There are two tiers of round-arched windows to either side, and 2 tiers of four windows in each of the side walls. A Sunday-school wing was built against the east side in 1854.

Memorials inside include a brass commemorating Theodore Westmacote [sic] who died 31st August 1782, obviously transferred from the original building. There is a substantial burial ground, whose monuments include early 19th century, and later, some with brass inscription plates.

The above details summarise an account of the building available in the booklet Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986). The latter is also cited as the source of the description of France Congregational Church and Hall on the British Listed Buildings website.


Now or formerly 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 was located at OS grid reference SO8983502977. 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 France Lynch, Chalford, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 10 Aug 2013 at 08:42.

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This Report was created 9 Aug 2022 - 21:44:11 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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