Fretherne and Saul: Nonconformity

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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'Fretherne and Saul: Nonconformity', in A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 10, Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds, (London, 1972) pp. 168-169. British History Online [accessed 13 April 2024]


In 1808 a dwelling-house and barn in Fretherne were registered for Protestant dissenting worship. (fn. 1) The Wesleyan chapel at Saul Corner, on the boundary with Fretherne, (fn. 2) was later said to have been built in 1809. In 1851 the chapel steward reported that the conduct of the Wesleyan Conference preachers had driven nearly all the congregation away, and that the numerous people who had worshipped there in 1850 attended services in private houses. (fn. 3) A building in Saul was registered for worship in 1850. (fn. 4) The Wesleyan chapel, a brick building still discernible in 1967, went out of use after 1863, (fn. 5) presumably as the result of the opening of Saul Tabernacle, a Congregational church, in 1867. (fn. 6) The church is said to have been built by the ship-owners and watermen of Saul: (fn. 7) it is a plain building of variegated brick with narrow pointed windows, and remained a Congregational church in 1967. Buildings in Framilode were registered in 1824, 1825, 1829, 1842, and 1845, apparently for Congregational worship; (fn. 8) a building by Framilode Mills was registered in 1836, (fn. 9) another in Framilode in 1845, and the British schoolroom there in 1851. (fn. 10) None of those meetings has been found recorded later.


  • 1. Hockaday Abs. cci.
  • 2. Glos. R.O., Q/RI 69; it was said to be in Fretherne in 1825: G.D.R. vol. 383, no. cxlix
  • 3. H.O. 129/337/2/1/2.
  • 4. Glos. R.O., Q/RZ 1.
  • 5. Kelly's Dir. Glos. (1863), 335.
  • 6. Ibid. (1870), 629.
  • 7. Local information.
  • 8. Hockaday Abs. cic.
  • 9. Ibid. cccxxxi.
  • 10. Glos. R.O., Q/RZ 1.