Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Lower Forest Green Chapel, Forest Green, Nailsworth
Lower Forest Green Chapel   [no longer registered]
Northfields Road / Nympsfield Road, GL6 0LZ,
Forest Green, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1821, but we understand it was closed in 1967, and the premises are now in secular use.

Meetings of an Independent (Presbyterian) congregation in the Forest Green area began the late 17th century, for which a meeting-house was built at Upper Forest Green by "various families associated with the cloth industry, including the Yeatses of Minchinhampton and the Smalls". The driving force behind its foundation was William Tray, ejected as rector of Oddington in 1662, who "sought a licence for a house in Horsley parish in 1672". In 1821, a breakaway group comprising a large percentage of the congregation built another Chapel, on a new site in the Lower Forest Green area.

Other members of the congregation objected to the removal to a new site, and in reaction, erected a new chapel for themselves, near to the old one in Upper Forest Green. This continued as a separate place of worship until 1916, when its congregation reunited with that of Lower Forest Green.

In 1967, what had by now become a Congregationalist congregation united with that of Shortwood Baptist Church, and by 1973, both Forest Green chapels had been demolished. The burial ground associated with the upper site does however survive, whilst the lower site can be located by its Sunday-school building. According to the date on its pediment, the latter was built in 1886, and since 1970 it has been the home of Nailsworth Youth Centre. [Source: the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), pp.216-217 (Nailsworth - Protestant Nonconformity)]


Now or formerly Presbyterian/Independent.

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 ST8470599834. 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 Forest Green, Nailsworth, 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 14:26.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 01:43:13 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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