Churcham: Nonconformity

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A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 10, Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1972.

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There were three women recusants in Churcham parish in 1603, (fn. 1) and 12 nonconformists there in 1676. (fn. 2) Wesleyan Methodists registered a chapel at Birdwood in 1814, (fn. 3) and in 1851 it had a congregation of c. 70. (fn. 4) It remained in regular use in 1970. The chapel, which evidently dates from c. 1814, (fn. 5) is a brick building with stone quoins and has two tiers of round-headed windows with leaded lights; a small brick house for the minister, also with round-headed windows, adjoins it on the west. Unidentified dissenting groups registered a house in the parish in 1817 and at Over in 1835. (fn. 6)


  • 1. B.M. Harl. MS. 594, f. 255v.
  • 2. Compton Census.
  • 3. Hockaday Abs. clii, 1814; cf. G.D.R. vol. 383, no. cviii.
  • 4. H.O. 129/334/2/4/10.
  • 5. Cf. Glos. R.O., Q/RI 43; there was no building on the site in 1803.
  • 6. Hockaday Abs. clii.