Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St John the Baptist's Church, Gloucester (1) (58k) St John the Baptist's Church, Gloucester (2) (122k) St John the Baptist's Church, Gloucester (3) (94k) St John the Baptist's Church, Gloucester (4) (234k) St John the Baptist's Church, Gloucester (5) (74k) Above Photograph(s)
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St John the Baptist's Church, Gloucester
St John the Baptist's Church,
Northgate Street / St John's Lane, GL1 2AN,
Gloucester, Gloucestershire.


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 931, but we understand it was closed in 1994.

A church on this site is believed to have existed as early as AD 931, said to be founded by King Athelstan; this was however rebuilt in the 11th century and was then dedicated to St John the Baptist. The bulk of the present building however dates from 1732, though the 14th century tower and spire, which belonged to the earlier building were retained.

According to Gloucester City Council's "Religious Heritage" webpage "no less than seven Mayors of Gloucester are buried here, but the pulpit is all that remains of the original 'three-decker' from which both George Whitefield and John Wesley are known to have preached".

This is also the church of Thomas STOCK, who was an early pioneer of Sunday School education. Robert RAIKES was to popularise the movement, but a number of schools existed, including ones founded by STOCK, before RAIKES became involved.

In 1972 under a sharing agreement with Methodists, the Anglican congregation were joined with that of Northgate Methodist Chapel, and it was renamed "St John Northgate". By 1994, however the Church of England decided it no longer needed the building, so today, although the CofE retains ownership, methodists have had its sole use since then. The Northgate Chapel was subsequently demolished, and a supermarket built in its site.

The second of our photographs shows the top portion of the spire, which was removed from the church in 1910, and placed in St Lucy's Gardens, behind St John's Church Hall in Hare Lane.

The third photograph shows St John's Church Hall, which has been built on top of the old St John's burial ground. When the burial ground was cleared, the remains were reinterred in the Old Gloucester Cemetery ("B Ground") on Tredworth Road.

The fourth image is an illustration of St John the Baptist's Church, with the spire intact, taken from An Original History of the City of Gloucester, by Revd. Thomas Dudley Fosbrooke (1819). It is interesting to compare the scale with what remains attached to the church today, and the portion preserved in St Lucy's Gardens, and to observe how little the front has changed.

See also St John Northgate's own entry in the Database. [Other Sources: Rosemary Lockie - from City of Gloucester Places of Worship, and St John's Northgate Methodist Church history, and John Williams]


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.


This Church was located at OS grid reference SO8324918675. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

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