Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Baptist Chapel, Tetbury
Baptist Chapel,
behind 9 Church Street, GL8 8JG,
Tetbury, 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 1721, but we understand it was closed before 1984.

The Chapel is a Grade I Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. It is said to have been empty at the time of their survey (1984)

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) provides an extensive history of what are apparently two buildings on this site, an older chapel and its replacement. It refers to a Particular Baptist congregation formed in 1721, which may have worshipped on the site since 1764. A conveyance of 1719 refers to a building called 'The Red Lion', and an Inn called 'The Three Cups', and a 'new built house in Tetbury' was registered for Baptist use in 1725.

"Two confronting buildings now stand within the boundary of the property, the present chapel, and an earlier building, supposed to have been its predecessor."

The former chapel is of rubble, with 2 gables to the front, in each of which is a small attic window. Larger windows below have round-arched heads of brick, with keystones. A doorway of similar date and style lies between. The present chapel is of stone with a hipped slate roof, and in comparison sounds rather plain! My source further damns it by saying it may be as late as 1800! It does add however that there is an L-shaped gallery inside.

The situation is compounded by the fact that Tetbury did have another Baptist Chapel on The Green, now St Michael's Church. Both are shown on Old Maps, for example OS 1902 1:2,500; so perhaps some of the early documents may relate to that, rather than the building under scrutiny in Church Street. Kelly's Directory of 1923 distinguishes between the two by referring to this one as "Baptist", and the one on The Green as Calvanistic.


Now or formerly Particular Baptist.

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 ST8900293106. 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 Tetbury, 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 14 Aug 2011 at 09:15.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 17:45:19 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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