Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Peter's Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham (1) (33k) St Peter's Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham (2) (28k) St Peter's Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham (3) (26k) St Peter's Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham (4) (39k) St Peter's Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham (5) (45k) St Peter's Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham (6) (46k) St Peter's Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham (7) (43k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Peter's Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham
St Peter's Church,
Leckhampton Lane,
Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or 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 1162, and we understand it is still open.

In Domesday, and before translation, Leckhampton was recorded as 'Lechantone' (38,1), and 'Lechamtone' (78,9). It shares its root with 'Leckhampstead' in Buckinghamshire, which The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Place-names translate as (respectively) a hamlet, and a hampstead, where leeks grew.

Closer to home, Leckhampton is mentioned several times on the Timeline of A History of Charlton Park. One notable event, in 1162 is also mentioned in A History of Cheltenham, by Gwen Hart (1965) p.14-15 - the cartulary of Cirencester Abbey records "a dispute between (Leckhampton's) priest Henry and the canons of Cirencester Abbey" … was settled before Archbishop Thomas Becket, and confirmation was given that the chapel and tithes belonged to the Cheltenham Church.

In the present day, St Peter's Church website has a Map of the Graveyard, and transcriptions of MIs, some with photographs, and (as of 2011) of the Burial registers, 1914-2006. More recently, the period 1601-1812 of burials has also been transcribed.

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 1] The present church is believed to have been built on the site of an earlier Saxon building, and also retains some Norman workmanship. Its earliest record of a parish priest is 1162; however the main body of the church dates from the time of Sir John Gifford, who was Lord of the Manor, 1300-1330, including its tall, elegant tower.

The estate passed to the NORWOOD Family by marriage in 1486, and in 1797 to the TRYE family, then in the early 1900s by John HARGREAVES, grandson of the inventor of the Spinning Jenny. In the churchyard is a memorial to Edward WILSON (1872-1912), who accompanied SCOTT to the North Pole. He had been born in Cheltenham, and had lived at The Crippetts Farm, in the parish, in his youth. Inside the church is the poignant Evans Memorial - a reminder of a family who were casualties of the Indian Mutiny.

Gloucestershire Federation of Women's Institutes - The Gloucestershire Village Book, 1987. ISBN 0-905392-87-6.[1]

[Image 4] The Inscription reads:

Frances Money EVANS
aged XXVI [26] years. /
Fanny Rolande / aged II [2] years.
Frederick Lloyd Gambier / aged IX months.
Wife and Children of / Henry Lloyd EVANS
Major XVIIth Regiment / Bombay Infantry
All died together June XXth A.D. MDCCCLVII
at Cawnpoor / being Crushed
by the fall of the Roof of the Barracks
struck down by Cannon Shot
on the XVIth day of the Siege:
Thus by God's Mercy
they were rescued from / the final Massacre
her brother Charles Henry Fitz Roy GAMBIER
Lieutenant XXXVIIIth Regt, Bengal Infantry
Mortally wounded in the assault of Delhi:
Died XVIIIth Septr. A.D. MDCCCLVII aged XXIII years
In Spe Resurrectionis.[2]


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 is located at OS grid reference SO9429419366. 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 Leckhampton, Cheltenham, 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.

2. Transcription provided by Alf Beard.

Information last updated on 30 Nov 2018 at 09:43.

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