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Congregational Chapel, Sherston

Congregational Chapel, Sherston Date Photo Taken 2003
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In the late 18th and early 19th centuries various private houses were licensed for Independent worship while immediately before the chapel was built services were held in a house called 'Northend' in Back Lane, now Grove Road. Lay preachers, mainly from Wooton under Edge, came to the house and the Rev. Rowland Hill also often preached there. A Sunday School was established in 1822. Later a barn in Back Street, now Cliff Road, was bought by a member of the congregation, a farmer called Cook, and made into a chapel with a vestry. It was licensed for worship in October 1825 and could seat 200. The congregation of small tradesmen and artisans prospered and were able to open a British School, also in Back Road, in 1844 which continued until 1895. Unlike many village non-conformist churches the Congregational church has continued throughout the 20th century and is still prospering today.

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