Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Congregational Chapel, Edge, Painswick
Congregational Chapel   [no longer registered]
Edge Lane,
Edge, Painswick, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel 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 1856, but we understand it was closed after 1984, and the premises are now in secular use.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 mentions Edge's St John the Baptist Church, and records also that it had a Congregational Chapel. Its position is shown on Old Maps, for example OS 1885 1:2,500 at this location. It is still shown as a place of worship on my OS Map of 1984, but it is now a private residence.

It is recorded by Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) under Painswick:

"Three bay ashlar front with pediment and pilasters; built 1856 for a society formed by Cornelius Winter. Inside are open-backed benches and two box pews flanking the entrance. The original pulpit (now removed) came from the church of St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester, where George Whitefield preached his first sermon".

It was already recorded by them as disused.

There was a small graveyard, said by Hilary Lees, in Hallowed Ground, Churchyards of Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds (1993) to be "a triangle of grass smaller than the average village duck pond". It contains a memorial to William James STEELE, the last preacher at the chapel who died in June 1967. It also contains a memorial to Henry TILLING, with the implication these are the only 2 in the graveyard. [Other Sources: John Williams, Rosemary Lockie]


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO8512809665. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 9 May 2013 at 08:25.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 11:06:00 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.

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