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Bedford St Chapel, with kind permission of Howard Beard
What: Neo-classical church building built in 1837
Where: GL5 1AE   Bedford Street
Then: A fine example of church building for this period, it was built as Stroud's second Baptist Chapel
Now: The Church remains in use

The Bedford Street chapel was designed by Charles Baker of Painswick, and was built in 1835-37. It has an imposing Classical street front, and a circular porch at one corner which gives access to the Sunday School rooms on the ground floor and the chapel itself above. In 1851, the original west gallery of the chapel was extended around all four sides of the building.

It was built because the congregation of the Old Meeting on Chapel St. had outgrown the accommodation.

In 1971, declining attendances caused the two congregations to merge, and the Old Meeting was closed and later demolished. The Bedford Street Chapel remains in use.

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Revised 2018 EMW