Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Randwick Methodist Chapel, Randwick
Randwick Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
The Lane,
Randwick, 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 1817, but we understand it was closed in 1988, and the premises are now in secular use.

The Methodist Chapel is a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

The community it served was founded in 1747, when a group of followers of George Whitefield, who had preached at Randwick Church on 2 Sundays in July 1739, were meeting at Roadway Farm. William Vines, a Randwick quarryman who had been influenced by Whitefield, became a local preacher, and his house was licensed for dissenting worship in 1758. By the early 19th century, a Wesleyan Methodist community in the village was being led by William Knee, who started a Sunday-school here in 1804.

The first permanent chapel was built in 1807, but the present structure is a rebuilding of 1824. It is rectangular and is built into the bankside at the north end. The south end has a pedimented gable with an inscribed oval tablet - 'Randwick Chapel / Built 1807 / Rebuilt 1824' and a timber-boarded bellcote with a single bell. The south facade also features two tall windows of three lights, with pointed arch heads and intersecting stone tracery, with a clock-face between them. There was a Sunday-school attached at the north end, and two doorways on the east side. This is a spectacular building, which now appears to be in secular ownership. Evidently it closed prior to 19th September 1988, as a notice appeared in The London Gazette of 23rd November 1988 (p.13155) indicating it was no longer used as a place of worship, having being first registered for solemnizing marriages on 18th December 1891.

A burial ground behind the chapel (to the north) is marked on Old Maps, for example 1923 OS 1:2,500. [Sources: Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986), and the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.229 (Randwick - Nonconformity)]


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO8308206660. 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 Randwick, 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 11:33.

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This Report was created 3 Jul 2022 - 19:45:36 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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