Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St James's Church ('Suffolk Church'), Cheltenham (1) (67k) St James's Church ('Suffolk Church'), Cheltenham (2) (80k) Above Photograph(s)
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St James's Church ('Suffolk Church'), Cheltenham
St James's Church ('Suffolk Church')   [no longer consecrated]
Suffolk Square / Suffolk Parade,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

This Church had 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 1829, but we understand it was closed in 1976, and the premises are now in secular use.

St James's was built 1825-30, on land sold by the Earl of Suffolk's daughter for development, and donated to the community by the developer, James Fisher. Presumably this was the equivalent of the housing estate today, though one hesitates to mention the grand properties surrounding the church as 'starter homes'!

Please note that the church is noted as having a "graveyard", because the Gloucestershire Family History Society have transcribed its MIs, but these may be memorials inside the church, and there may not have been physical burials in an area so close a residential area.

In 1976, the church was converted for use as a parish hall for the church of St Philip & St James, Leckhampton, though in 2003, there were suggestions of turning it into a Nightclub. In more recent times (2014) it has been converted into a restaurant.

See also Cheltenham, Current and Former Places of Worship, Blake, Steven - A Pictorial History (Phillimore, 1996), and Brooks, Robin - The Story of Cheltenham (2003).

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 was located at OS grid reference SO9459221601. 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 3 Sep 2011 at 10:39.

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