On March 5th Stroud District Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee is to consider an asset transfer to SPT. The Chapel of Rest in the Bisley Road Cemetery is a lovely, graceful building, seen from across the valleys, and is currently unused. The building (one chapel for Church of England and one side for Non Conformists) and its surrounding tarmac area is currently owned by Stroud District Council. An asset transfer is where a local authority feels that the best economic, social and cultural option for an asset that they own is to transfer it to a local community organisation like SPT. If SPT gets the go ahead the trustees will then work closely with the local community, SDC and STC to inform a detailed feasibility study to assess the potential of bringing the building fully into use. This, including fundraising for the building (as there is a considerable conservation deficit) will take approximately 2 years. Built in 1856 The twin chapels, surmounted by a spire and the original entrance lodge were designed, in decorated Gothic, by the local architects, Messrs Baker and Son, 3 Albert Buildings, Stroud, and built to a high standard of stone masonry. The overall cost (excluding the land) was £2,800.00.
The Bisley Road Cemetery was consecrated in 1856 and laid out in the fashion of the times with lovely walks and trees. The cemetery is now owned by Stroud Town Council. There are still some interments but the whole site is run as a nature reserve with a fantastic array of plants, insects, butterflies, beetles and reptiles living there.
SPT book available here – £10 + £2.50p&p
'Stroud – A Town Changed by Community Action' is Stroud Preservation Trust’s latest publication for sale from December 2013.
It covers ten significant community projects and campaigns over the past 40 years in Stroud and charts the difference they have made to the town, the economy and the community. 32 people were interviewed for this book of living history. A further 67 projects and campaigns have been collated to show the extraordinary vibrancy of the town of Stroud and the people that live here.
For anyone interested in the recent history of the town this book, full of quotes, photographs and newspaper headlines is a must!
Available from Stroud Bookshop; Stroud Valleys Project and Uplands Post Office.