Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Nailsworth Methodist Church (Christ Church LEP), Nailsworth
Nailsworth Methodist Church (Christ Church LEP),
Newmarket Road, GL6 0DQ,
Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does 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 after 1973, and we understand it is still open.

Methodist worship in Nailsworth can be traced back to 1911, when the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), pp.216-217 (Nailsworth - Nonconformity) records that Wesleyans bought the old Tabernacle chapel in Bristol Road, a former Baptist Chapel. They remained there until 1947 when they moved to a hall at Spring Hill, which they are reported as still using in 1973.

Evidently, what is now Nailsworth Town Hall, in Old Bristol Road, would have been the Tabernacle Chapel, since it is reported as a former Methodist chapel by the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council website. "Character building, previously methodist chapel, on edge of town..."

It is not known at present when the Methodists left the Spring Hill premises, but today, they meet in the building known as Christ Church LEP. It was built originally as a Baptist Chapel, but today it offers a choice of Communion Service - Methodist style, United Reformed Church, or Baptist. Its baptist origins are reflected in two commemorative stones:

This Stone was Laid by
Edward Bean Underhill Esq. LL.D.
Secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society.
"Except the Lord Build the House
They Labour in Vain that Build it"
In memoriam
Thomas Burchell (1799-1846)
Member of Shortwood Baptist Church,
Baptist missionary to Jamaica and
prominent slavery abolitionist

Edward Underhill, a former Oxford grocer, was also involved with the abolition of slavery. There is more information about him, and the "Underhill Meetings" organised in Jamaica in an article Morant Bay Rebellion on Wikipedia.


Now or formerly 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 is located at OS grid reference ST8466999500. 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 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 23 Nov 2018 at 14:54.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 00:34:22 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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