Winstone: Nonconformity

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A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 11, Bisley and Longtree Hundreds. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1976.

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Mr. Ross, the preacher who was teaching without licence at Winstone in 1602, (fn. 1) was perhaps a nonconformist, but no further evidence of nonconformity has been found until 1816 when Henry Hawkins of Eastcombe registered a barn in the parish for use by the Baptists, (fn. 2) who soon after built a chapel on the south side of the village street. (fn. 3) In 1851 the chapel had a congregation of 27 for morning service and 50 in the afternoon. There was a Sunday school attached. (fn. 4) The chapel continued in use in 1971 when the congregation numbered 10. (fn. 5) There was a resident Baptist minister in the parish in the early 20th century, (fn. 6) when a Wesleyan minister was also recorded (fn. 7) although no conclusive evidence of any Methodist meeting in the parish has been found. (fn. 8) By 1885 the Plymouth Brethren had established a meeting (fn. 9) which flourished until the early 1960s. The meeting was led by Raymond Barrett, the village blacksmith, in its early years and possibly met in the meeting-room adjoining a cottage on Ermin Street. Later it met in a corrugated iron hut on Ermin Street just south of Beech Pike; (fn. 10) the hut was derelict in 1971.


  • 1. G.D.R. vol. 91, f. 88.
  • 2. Hockaday Abs. ccccix; cf. above, p. 37.
  • 3. Glos. and Herefs. Bapt. Yr. Bk. (1969-70), 30; cf. H.O. 129/340/1/6/6 where the date of building is put as c. 1817.
  • 4. H.O. 129/340/1/6/6.
  • 5. Ex inf. Miss M. E. Bird, chapel sec.
  • 6. Kelly's Dir. Glos. (1902 and later edns.).
  • 7. Ibid. (1889 and later edns.).
  • 8. The Methodist meeting recorded in 1825 (G.D.R. vol. 383, no. ccxlvi) appears to have been a mistake for the Baptist chapel.
  • 9. Kelly's Dir. Glos. (1885 and later edns.).
  • 10. Ex inf. the rector; the date over the door of the meeting-room is 1873.