Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Bethesda Methodist Church, Cheltenham (1) (76k) Bethesda Methodist Church, Cheltenham (2) (73k) Above Photograph(s)
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Bethesda Methodist Church, Cheltenham
Bethesda Methodist Church (link to Church's website)
Great Norwood Street, GL50 2AP,
Cheltenham, 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 1828, and we understand it is still open.

This building is marked as "Bethesda Chapel (Wesleyan Methodist), Seats for 450" on OS Map of 1885.

Its congregation is thought to have been founded in 1828, in outdoor meetings established by the Methodists "to serve the growing artisan community in the area adjacent to Bath Road and Norwood Street". The first chapel was built in the 1830s, but this was soon outgrown, to be superseded by the present building, which was erected in 1845-6 and now enjoys Listed Building status - see the British Listed Buildings website for more details.

The original building, which stood a little to the north, has since been demolished. [Source: Cheltenham Archaeological Assessment]


Now or formerly Wesleyan 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 SO9453721370. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • 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 3 Sep 2011 at 10:35.

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