Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Birdwood Methodist Church, Birdwood, Churcham
Birdwood Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Chapel Lane,
Birdwood, Churcham, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 1800, but we understand it was closed in 2002, and the premises are now in secular use.

This chapel was built in 1814 for the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, and later sold for Methodist use. As a Methodist Chapel at Birdwood it is now a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.28 (Churcham - Nonconformity) records that the Wesleyan Methodists registering a chapel at Birdwood in 1814.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) describe it as constructed of brick and tile, with a broad north front of 3 bays, and two tiers of round-arched windows. A porch was added in the 19th century on the east side, and this now appears to be the main entrance. A schoolroom built onto the south side, of a similar date to the porch, has its own entrance. The interior has (or had) an east gallery.

At the time of the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/334/2/4/10), when it was called "Birdwood Chapel", it was said to have been erected "before 1820" by its Minister, Richard Roberts, of 1 Worcester Street, Gloucester. It had free seating for 150 and 50 "other" sittings, and on March 30, the estimated congregation was 45 to morning service, and 76 in the afternoon, with 22 Sunday Scholars to the morning class. There was no evening service.

Our 3rd photograph shows memorial plaques which were inside the chapel. When it was closed, in 2002, they were removed, and placed on a wall inside St Andrew's Church in Churcham. The board underneath them reads:

These Plaques were moved
from Birdwood Methodist Church
on its closure in May 2002
Standing at Birchwood Crossroads
the Methodist Church was
built by the Countess of
Huntingdon in 1814

For a time, after its closure, the building was in commercial use, but today (2011) it appears to be abandoned and unused.

On the opposite (north) side of the A40, and a short distance away is Birdwood's "Tin Tabernacle", also mentioned in this Database, and also no longer in use. [Other Sources: John Williams/Rosemary Lockie]


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 Church was located at OS grid reference SO7421818697. 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 Birdwood, Churcham, 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 10:40.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 17:44:35 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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