Frampton on Severn
Nonconformity

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Victoria County History

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C R Elrington, N M Herbert, R B Pugh (Editors), Kathleen Morgan, Brian S Smith

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1972

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154-155

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'Frampton on Severn: Nonconformity', A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp. 154-155. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=15795 Date accessed: 02 October 2014.


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NONCONFORMITY.

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. 43) 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. 44) whose successor in 1851 claimed a congregation of 200. (fn. 45) There was a resident minister until the end of the 19th century; (fn. 46) 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. 47)

A meeting-place at Fromebridge Mills was registered in 1820, and a dwelling-house in the parish in 1826. (fn. 48) A meeting-house with a congregation of 50 in 1851 had been in use four or five years. (fn. 49) No other reference to those meetings has been found.

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43 Hockaday Abs. cc. The authority for the date 1760 on the board outside the church is unknown.
44 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.
45 H.O. 129/337/2/4/8.
46 Kelly's Dir. Glos. (1894), 159.
47 Date on bldg.
48 Hockaday Abs. cc.
49 H.O. 129/337/2/4/7.