Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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All Saints Church, Cheltenham
All Saints Church (link to Church's website)
All Saints Road, Pittville, GL52 2HG,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church does NOT have a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1868, and we understand it is still open.

All Saints Church was designed by John Middleton and dedicated in 1868. According to the Church's website, Middleton's original design included a tower with a large spire - "but although building and adornment of the interior continued for many years, the gable roof to the bell-tower was not finally completed [until] 1992". This was without the spire the architect had originally envisaged - the website also includes an illustration of the Church as it would have been, with a lofty spire]

The parish of All Saints was created in 1869, and (in 2017) its Church belongs to North Cheltenham Team Ministry, which includes the churches of St Mary in Prestbury, St Nicholas on Swindon Lane, St Lawrence in Swindon Village, and St Mary Magdalene in Elmstone Hardwicke. It is also a Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for more details.

As may be seen from our photographs, internally it is very much "High Church" - as befitting its foundation by a group of local people who were followers of the "Oxford Movement", with its "rich liturgy and colour". It contains a nave, with north and south aisles, with entrances, sheltered by porches on both sides. The Chancel has apsidal extension, and transepts on either side. The north crossing contains the organ - the original instrument erected by William Hill in 1887. However its position high in the transept made the Great almost inaudible in the chancel. This was remedied to some extent in 1896 by the addition of a small chancel Great, the pipes coming from the old Hill organ in Worcester Cathedral. Adolph von Holtz, father of Gustav, was its first organist, and young Gustav sang in the choir.

The south transept contains the Lady Chapel, dedicated in 1898, and given by the congregation in memory of Dr and Mrs Bubb. Two iron screens divide the chapel from the chancel on one side, and the south aisle on the other. It is used for weekday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist and the saying of daily offices.

. The font is in the north west corner. It was given by Mrs Dobson in memory of her late husband, the Rev W. Dobson, who was for many years principal of Cheltenham College.

There are many fine carvings, both inside and out, and some beautiful stained glass, with poignant dedications. Two windows in the north transept were given by Mrs Hildebrand, in memory of her husband General Hildebrand, and have as their subject some of the saintly women of the Church:-
St. Elizabeth of Hungary carries the legendary Roses.
St. Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, holds her emblem, the Pastoral Staff.
St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, in the garb of widowhood.
St. Agnes carries the symbolic lamb and palm branch.

Denomination

Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SO9571422637. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 7 May 2017 at 13:48.

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