Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Highbury Congregational Church (20thC), Cheltenham (1) (102k) Highbury Congregational Church (20thC), Cheltenham (2) (118k) Highbury Congregational Church (20thC), Cheltenham (3) (75k) Above Photograph(s)
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Highbury Congregational Church (20thC), Cheltenham
Highbury Congregational Church (20thC) (see later for their website address)
Priory Walk, GL52 6DU,
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 1934, and we understand it is still open.

Opened in 1934, for the former congregation of the 19th Century Highbury Congregational Church, which was demolished to make way for the building of the Gaumont Cinema, on the corner of Albion Street and Winchcombe Street.

The latter can trace its foundation back to a building erected in Grosvenor Street, in 1817-8, called "Snow's Chapel", after the Rev. Thomas Snow, who had been ejected as minister of "Portland Chapel" for his strict Baptist views. The building was sold in 1827 to Congregationalists, who renamed it 'Highbury Chapel' (after the name of their sponsor's residence, in London). In 1852 it became a Sunday school, and it is now a youth club hall. [Source: Cheltenham - Current and Former Places of Worship on Stuart Flight's "Glosgen" website, et al]


Now or formerly Congregational.

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 SO9559422061. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

(NB I know the first two don't work as intended - the Jury's still out as to what to do about it...)


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 Cheltenham, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.
Information last updated on 8 Nov 2018 at 16:57.

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