Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Michael's Church (St Michael the Archangel) (part Demolished), Gloucester (1) (65k) St Michael's Church (St Michael the Archangel) (part Demolished), Gloucester (2) (133k) St Michael's Church (St Michael the Archangel) (part Demolished), Gloucester (3) (353k) St Michael's Church (St Michael the Archangel) (part Demolished), Gloucester (4) (113k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Michael's Church (St Michael the Archangel) (part Demolished), Gloucester
St Michael's Church (St Michael the Archangel) (part Demolished),
The Cross, Eastgate Street,
Gloucester, 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 before 1150, but we understand it was closed in 1940, and the premises are now in secular use.

St Michael the Archangel church dates back to the 12th century, though the bulk of the old church was demolished, and in 1849 rebuilt. The new church incorporated the tower from the old one, but in 1955/6 this in turn was demolished, and today only the tower remains. It stands in solitary splendour on the corner of Southgate Street and Eastgate, an unforgettable landmark in town.

St Michael's had a graveyard on the south side of the church (behind the buildings of Southgate). This can be seen on one of the accompanying images, taken from "An Original History of the City of Gloucester", by Thomas Dudley Fosbrooke (1819). When it was closed, in preparation for the land being used for redevelopment, the burials were exhumed and reinterred in the Old Gloucester Cemetery ("B Ground"), on Tredworth Road. A record of this is available at Coney Hill Cemetery, which now holds records of all Gloucester's Cemeteries.

Today (2011), St Michael's tower is in use once again by the community, as the base for the Gloucester Civic Trust. [Sources: John Williams, and Rosemary Lockie, from City of Gloucester Places of Worship]

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 SO8316818529. 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 6 Jun 2012 at 08:08.

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