Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church (formerly St Peter), Bentham (1) (50k) St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church (formerly St Peter), Bentham (2) (34k) St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church (formerly St Peter), Bentham (3) (42k) Above Photograph(s)
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St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church (formerly St Peter), Bentham
St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church (formerly St Peter),
Dog Lane, GL4 8JH,
Bentham, Gloucestershire.


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 2002, and we understand it is still open.

According to the Church Commissioners Report on Pastoral and Closed Churches, on the Church of England website, the former Church of St Peter, Bentham, was declared redundant by the Church of England on 1st June 1994. Thereafter it was used for storage, until 4th July 2002, when it was "acquired for worship by other Christian bodies" - in this case the Greek Orthodox Church.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 3] St Peter's Church was made redundant in 1994, and the premises were purchased by the Greek Orthodox Church, who had formerly shared St Luke's Church in Cheltenham. Its dedication is now to St John Chrysostom, in the Archdiocese of Thyatiera and Great Britain, but the churchyard remains consecrated, and dedicated to St Peter.

St John Chrysostom is a popular saint in the Greek Orthodox Church. He was born in Antioch in AD347 and died at Commana in Pontus in 407.[1]


Now or formerly Greek Orthodox.

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


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO9152916125. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Bentham, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 18 Mar 2014 at 12:18.

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This Report was created 17 Oct 2019 - 13:52:18 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 14 Jun 2019 at 13:31.

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