Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Barton Street Methodist Church, Gloucester (68k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of John Williams
Barton Street Methodist Church, Gloucester
Barton Street Methodist Church,
Barton Street, GL1 4HR,
Gloucester, Gloucestershire.


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 1882, and we understand it is still open.

In 1855 a Primitive Methodist mission to Gloucester was established with the help of preachers from Stroud. Open-air and cottage services were held in many parts of the city, including Barton Street, Kingsholm, and Bristol Road, and in 1858 the Primitives built a chapel in lower Barton Street.

In 1882 the building was sold, and a new and much larger chapel on the other side of the road was opened. It was erected as a memorial to Robert Raikes, to a design by Kerridge & Sons of Wisbech, and had a street front with tall, recessed round-headed windows and galleries on three sides. It became part of the Methodist Church's new Gloucester circuit in 1932, then in 1954, became known as "The Methodist Church".

From the 1960s church membership declined and it is believed that in about 1987 the church was demolished. However its position on Old Maps shows it to have been on the site of the present-day building.

The original building is now also demolished, and has also been replaced by more modern premises. Other sources used, in compiling this account are John Williams, and the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 4: The City of Gloucester (1988), pp.319-334 (Protestant Nonconformity)]


Now or formerly Primitive Methodist.

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 SO8375218037. 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 Gloucester, 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.

Information last updated on 27 Jan 2019 at 06:06.

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This Report was created 9 Sep 2020 - 02:47:15 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 14 Jun 2019 at 13:31.

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