Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Amberley Methodist Church ('Littleworth Wesleyan Chapel'), Amberley
Amberley Methodist Church ('Littleworth Wesleyan Chapel'),
Marling Close,
Amberley, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel 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 1790, and we understand it is still open.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) records this former Wesleyan Chapel as belonging to Minchinhampton, describing it as "built in 1790, but much altered and refitted in 1887. Three-bay front with two tiers of round-arched windows; four bay sides with two tiers of lancet windows, except where a later building adjoins. The interior is 34½ft by 32½ft, so almost square".

The dedication plaque reads
"Built 1790 / Littleworth / Wesleyan / Chapel / Renovated 1887".

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/338/6/1/5) for the Wesleyan Chapel in Minchinhampton describes a building erected "before 1800" with free seating for 146, and 209 "other" sittings. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 84 in the morning, and 132 in the afternoon, with 77 and 71 Sunday Scholars respectively. The return was completed by Henry Mortimer, a Steward of the Chapel, who gave his address as "Littleworth Near Stroud Water Gloucestershire".

In 1868, Littleworth was one of three hamlets listed for the parish of Amberley. The other two were Theescombe and St Cloe. Amberley ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1840 from Minchinhampton, Nailsworth and Rodborough. [Other Sources: The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), and Guide to the Parish Records of the City of Bristol and the County of Gloucester (I. Gray & E. Ralph, 1963)]


Now or formerly Wesleyan 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 is located at OS grid reference SO8488001530. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 26 Jan 2019 at 13:15.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 01:13:20 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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