Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Birdwood Mission Church, Birdwood, Churcham
Birdwood Mission Church   [no longer consecrated]
A40, next to garage,
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 about 1900, but we understand it was closed after 1970, and the premises are now in secular use.

This 'Tin Tabernacle' has a very similar appearance to the Bilson Mission Church (Anglican) in Hollydean, Cinderford. Its position is marked as a place of worship on my OS Map of 1984, but it is now closed, and apparently falling into disrepair. In fact our most recent information (May 2013) is that it may have been demolished.

It is (or was) on the opposite (north) side of the A40 and a short distance further along the road from Birdwood's former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, also included in this Database.

It is first seen on Old Maps of 1903, when it is labelled as a "Mission Room", and by OS 1972 1:2,500 as "Mission Church". The The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.25-28 (Churcham - Churches) records that an iron mission room was built at the Birdwood cross-roads about 1900, which apparently remained in regular use in 1970; thus it appears to have been a Church of England mission of Churcham St Andrew.


Now or formerly Church of England.

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 SO7416718778. 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 10:44.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 17:03:01 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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