Eleven nonconformists were
enumerated at Randwick in 1676. (fn. 13) George Whitefield preached in Randwick church on two Sundays
in July 1739, (fn. 14) and John Wesley preached there in
1739 and 1742. (fn. 15) A group of Whitefield's followers
were meeting at Roadway Farm in 1747, (fn. 16) and
William Vines, a Randwick quarryman influenced by
Whitefield, became a local preacher; his house was
licensed for dissenting worship in 1758. (fn. 17) In the
early 19th century a Wesleyan Methodist community in the village was led by William Knee who
started a Sunday school there in 1804. In 1807 a
chapel was built; it was rebuilt in 1824. (fn. 18) It was said
to have very full congregations in 1832, (fn. 19) and in
1851 over 100 attended the morning service and c.
200 the afternoon. (fn. 20) The chapel, a stone building
on the east side of the village, remained in use as a
Wesleyan chapel in 1967. A Primitive Methodist
chapel was built in 1834; by 1851 when it had a
congregation of c. 40 it was affiliated to the Countess
of Huntingdon's Connexion and was served from
Ebley chapel, (fn. 21) but it continued to be known as a
Primitive Methodist chapel. (fn. 22) Services were held
there until 1901 when the Primitive Methodist
chapel at Cashe's Green was built. (fn. 23)
In 1851 a group of c. 24 Congregationalists under
the Stonehouse minister were meeting in a house
at Oxlinch. (fn. 24) Houses were licensed for use by
unidentified dissenting groups at Randwick in 1825,
1835, and 1843, and at Oxlinch in 1802, 1827, and
1847. (fn. 25) In the early 1960s the former Primitive
Methodist chapel became the meeting-place of a
group affiliated to the Pentecostal Church. (fn. 26)
Whitefield's Jnls. (1960), 296, 304.
Wks. of J. Wesley (1782 edn.), i. 229, 383.
Trans. Cong. Hist. Soc. viii. 175.
||J. Stratford, Good and Great Men of Glos. (Cirencester,
1867), 258; Hockaday Abs. cccxxi.
||Fennemore, Randwick, 42-43.
||Glos. Colln. RQ 246.1.
Kelly's Dir. Glos. (1856 and later edns.).
||Ex inf. the vicar; see p. 287.
||Hockaday Abs. cccxxi.
||Ex inf. Mrs. Ashmead.