Held AtGloucestershire Archives
Alt Ref NoD4238
TitleSoutham, Cleeve Hill Interdenominational Church
DescriptionMinutes 1908-1955; registers of services 1917-1961; accounts 1910-1931
Admin HistoryFollowing the closure of St Peter's Anglican chapel in 1897, morning services were held in Cleeve Hill Convalescent Home during the summer months. During the winter these services were discontinued and a private resident refurbished a stable loft so that services could be held there. It became evident that a church building was needed and a committee was formed to oversee this. The church was opened in 1901, and while the convalescent home existed no morning services were held there. After the home closed, morning services were conducted according to the liturgy of the Church of England, and evening services continued according to the practice of the Free Churches. The church was governed by trustees according to the foundation principles of the Evangelical Alliance with three representing the Church of England, the other six, Baptist, Congregational and Wesleyan bodies.
A successful Sunday school was begun in 1904 although attendance at the church decreased following the opening of St Peter's Mission Church in 1907. A permanent minister was appointed in 1909.
The church closed in 1972 and the building was demolished in 1988.
Custodial HistoryAccession 4181 deposited by Mrs M A Cousins; accession 4238 deposited by J Yiend
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