Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Congregational Church, Northleach
Congregational Church   [no longer registered]
High Street,
Northleach, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 1860, but we understand it was closed by 1971, and the premises are now in secular use.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 tells us that Northleach's Congregational Chapel was opened on 13th June 1860, and had seating for 260. We understand it was a replacement for an earlier, Independent Chapel in Antelope Close, which is described separately in this database. Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) confirms the year of opening stated by Kelly, adding that it was built by T. Roger Smith. "The open single-span roof incorporates clerestory lighting to overcome the absence of side windows on a restricted site". The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 9: Bradley hundred: the Northleach area of the Cotswolds (2001) tells us that a declining congregation resulted in the building been put up for sale in 1964, and for some time thereafter meetings were held in the Cotswold Hall (the large corporate building in the West End), finally concluding in 1969, when meetings were held in the flat of one of the few surviving members. The account also notes that the burial ground at the site of the old chapel remained in use until the 1950s.

The formal notification of its closure was published in The London Gazette of 25th May 1971 (p.5477):

The Registrar General, being satisfied that INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, Northleach in the registration district of Cirencester in the county of Gloucester, is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 2nd May 1861 registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1836, has cancelled the registration. Dated 18th May 1971.

Some sixteen years later, on 25th March 1987, so the British Listed Buildings website tells us, it was recorded as a Grade II Listed Building. In the present day, it is understood to be in private ownership.


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 Church was located at OS grid reference SP1138014588. 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 Northleach, 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 4 Jul 2017 at 08:41.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 12:12:29 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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