Frampton on Severn: Nonconformity

Pages 154-155

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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The Congregational church west of the green originated in or before 1756 when a group of dissenters registered a house for use as a meeting-house. The same group registered another house in 1757 as an Independent meeting, and in 1776 they registered a newly built chapel (fn. 1) which had been opened in that year by Rowland Hill, the evangelical preacher. A burial ground by the chapel was in use 1778-99. In 1801 the chapel got its first settled minister, (fn. 2) whose successor in 1851 claimed a congregation of 200. (fn. 3) There was a resident minister until the end of the 19th century; (fn. 4) in 1968 the church was served by lay preachers and a retired minister. The building, of brick with a double-ridged roof, was given pointed windows apparently in 1849, when the similarly windowed schoolroom was built. (fn. 5)

A meeting-place at Fromebridge Mills was registered in 1820, and a dwelling-house in the parish in 1826. (fn. 6) A meeting-house with a congregation of 50 in 1851 had been in use four or five years. (fn. 7) No other reference to those meetings has been found.


  • 1. Hockaday Abs. cc. The authority for the date 1760 on the board outside the church is unknown.
  • 2. W. Lewis, Frampton Congregational Church (Glouc. and Frampton on Severn, 1876), 12-18 (Glos. Colln. R 137.1); cf. Rep. Non-Parochial Regs. Com. [148], p. 21, H.C. (1837-8), xxviii. For Hill see D.N.B.
  • 3. H.O. 129/337/2/4/8.
  • 4. Kelly's Dir. Glos. (1894), 159.
  • 5. Date on bldg.
  • 6. Hockaday Abs. cc.
  • 7. H.O. 129/337/2/4/7.