Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Union Chapel, Uley
Union Chapel   [no longer registered]
Whitecourt / Fop Street,
Uley, 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 1735, but we understand it was closed in 1972, and the premises are now in secular use.

According to Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) this was a former Congregational Chapel, "built in 1790 for a church which claimed to have been formed in 1735. The pedimented front having a cusped lunette in the tympanum with a shield-shaped tablet bearing the date of erection, closely resembles Dursley Tabernacle of 1808 for which it may have formed the model". <p> Inside, "a gallery around three sides is supported by iron columns of quatrefoil section" (said by the Listed Building website to be 'Batty Langley cast iron' on high podia. There are monuments in the chapel to (1) Thomas TILLEY (1814), an Artist, also John TILLEY (1842), and Martha his wife (1824), Sarah their daughter (1821) and Isaac FORD her husband (1858); (2) Daniel NEALE (1844), and Sarah his widow (1849); (3) Timothy JACKSON (1803); (4) Nathaniel LLOYD (1808) and Elizabeth his wife (1807); (5) James HARRIS (1801) and Mary his widow (1814).

Kelly's Directory of 1923 records that it had 350 sittings; however it was closed about 1972 and is currently in use as a warehouse for 'Chapel Antiques', and a Grade II Listed Building. The British Listed Buildings website lists it as a former Methodist Church, but this is the only evidence I am aware of it for it being Methodist. Its attribution by Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses as Congregational is supported by Old Maps, on which it is labelled as "Independent", and Kelly's Directory of 1923, which describes it as "Congregational Union".


Now or formerly 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 ST7844798121. 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 Uley, 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 Jul 2011 at 18:08.

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This Report was created 6 Jul 2022 - 11:27:25 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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