Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Peter's Church (now St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox), Bentham (1) (50k) St Peter's Church (now St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox), Bentham (2) (34k) St Peter's Church (now St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox), Bentham (3) (42k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Godfrey Browning/Alf Beard
St Peter's Church (now St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox), Bentham
St Peter's Church (now St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox),
Dog Lane, GL4 8JH,
Bentham, 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 1889, but we understand it was closed in 1994.

St Peter's Church is a Grade I Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. It was built in 1888-9 as a chapel of ease of Badgeworth, to a design by Sidney Gambier Parry. According to Kelly's Directory of 1923, this was at the expense of Mrs Strangeways, as a memorial to her brother and son. Mrs Strangeways died in 1891.

According to Gloucestershire BMD Indexes marriages took place at the church over a period 1913-1982, and the premises have since been closed for Church of England worship. The closure is recorded on the Church of England website, in the Church Commissioners Report on Pastoral and Closed Churches, as taking place on 1st August 1994. Its usage after that was defined as "Storage", then after 4th March 2002, "Worship by other Christian bodies".

There are further notes on its present use by the congregation of St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church below.

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 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 SO9154016116. 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 11 Jun 2012 at 13:30.

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