Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Northleach Hospital Chapel, Northleach
Northleach Hospital Chapel,
East End,
Northleach, 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 1836, but we understand it was closed before 1985.

The former Northleach Hospital Chapel has been recorded as a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. It was built at the same time as the Union Workhouse, later Northleach Hospital. The latter was built by Geo. Wick & Son of Witney, and also Listed.

It is described in Kelly's Directory of 1923 as:

"a building of stone, erected in 1836, & will hold 200 inmates. Rev. William Henry Careless, chaplain; Thomas Joseph O'Donnell L.R.C.P. & S.Irel. medical officer; Henry Royal, master; Mrs. Annie S. Royal, matron; casual wrd now (1922) closed."

The chapel is to the north west of the hospital and is rectangular in plan, lit with 3 tall lancet windows in the side walls. There is a cinquefoil window at the apex above the entrance doorway. Inside is a 2-bay chancel with arched roof truss and king post arrangement. The flooring is 20th century 'kitchen-tile'. The pews are 19th century with fleur-de-lys finials. There are three painted icons and a statue of Christ.

Its present use is unknown, but it was already disused by 1985, at the time of the Listed Building re-survey.

Kelly also records that Northleach had an Isolation Hospital, which opened in September 1898, a building of galvanised iron, "erected at a cost of upwards of £800, entirely defrayed by the Earl of Eldon: the main building is divided into two wards, each containing 8 beds, and there are also rooms for nurse &c.: adjoining the hospital is a cottage for the caretaker; there is also a separate small pox hospital."


Now or formerly Church of England.

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 SP1170714431. 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 1 Aug 2011 at 17:52.

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This Report was created 9 Aug 2022 - 20:45:23 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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