Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Friends Meeting House (1836), Cheltenham (115k) Above Photograph(s)
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Friends Meeting House (1836), Cheltenham
Friends Meeting House (1836) (link to Church's website)
Manchester Street (now Clarence Street),
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church did 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 1836, but we understand it was closed in 1902.

This building was built between 1834-6, for a Society of Friends whose meetings had begun in the mid 17th century. However by the beginning of the 20th century, it had become too small(?) for its congregation, and in 1902 they moved to Friends Meeting House in Portland Street (since demolished). Today their former premises is known as 'Manchester House', and enjoys Listed Building status.

Prior to their occupancy of this building Friends had met in a building near to the old Shaftesbury Hall erected in 1701-3, and registered for worship at Michaelmas Quarter Sessions in 1703. After the Friends vacated it in 1836, it continued in use for religious worship, occupied by Unitarians until 1844, when they moved to Bayshill, and afterwards by Primitive Methodists. It was demolished around the end of the 19th century.

Manchester Street was the former name of the section of Clarence Street between St George's Place, and St James's Square. More details of the foundation of Quaker Meeting in Cheltenham is available on the present day church's website. [Other Sources: Cheltenham Archaeological Assessment (pdf), British Listed Buildings, and An Historical Gazetteer of Cheltenham]

Denomination

Now or formerly Quaker.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.

Maps

This Church was located at OS grid reference SO9463122554. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • 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 23 Jan 2011 at 10:59.

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