Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Whitefield Memorial Church (James Forbes URC, Gloucester URC), Gloucester (1) (96k) Whitefield Memorial Church (James Forbes URC, Gloucester URC), Gloucester (2) (106k) Whitefield Memorial Church (James Forbes URC, Gloucester URC), Gloucester (3) (44k) Whitefield Memorial Church (James Forbes URC, Gloucester URC), Gloucester (4) (84k) Whitefield Memorial Church (James Forbes URC, Gloucester URC), Gloucester (5) (76k) Whitefield Memorial Church (James Forbes URC, Gloucester URC), Gloucester (6) (59k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of John Williams/Phil Draper
Whitefield Memorial Church (James Forbes URC, Gloucester URC), Gloucester
Whitefield Memorial Church (James Forbes URC, Gloucester URC) (link to Church's website)
Park Road, GL1 1LS,
Gloucester, 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 1872, and we understand it is still open.

The Whitefield Memorial Church was founded in memory of George WHITEFIELD, who was born in Gloucester in 1714, and who introduced Methodism to the City. The Mayor of Gloucester cut the first sod on the centenary of Whitefield's death, 30 September 1870, its foundation stone was laid by S.J. MARLING, Esq. M.P. of Stanley Park, Stroud, on 6th June 1871, and the church was opened in May the following year.

In 1973 the congregation were joined with that from Southgate Congregational Church to form the James Forbes United Reformed Church, and in 1976, they were joined by the congregation from the Tyndale Congregational Church in Stratton Road. The building was refurbished in 1994-5, and after rededication ceremony it became the United Reformed Church Gloucester.

The inscription above the entrance doorway reads:

"The Love of Jesus Christ Constrains
Me to lift up my Voice like a Trumpet"

Preserved inside the church are War Memorials from the Southgate and Tyndale Congregational Churches, a Roll of Honour from Southgate, and a painting of inside Southgate Church, by Winifred M. Thompson. All of these were given to the Gloucester URC when the former Churches were closed, and for those who are interested, photographs of them can be seen with the respective Church entries in this database. [Sources: John Williams, and Rosemary Lockie, from Gloucester & Brockworth United Reformed Churches Joint Pastorate - History]

Denomination

Now or formerly Presbyterian/United Reformed (URC).

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 SO8344718022. 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 12 Sep 2011 at 17:05.

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