Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Providence Baptist Chapel, Cheltenham
Providence Baptist Chapel (link to Chapel's website)
Naunton Parade, GL53 7NP,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1835, and we understand it is still open.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1923, there were four Baptist Chapels in Cheltenham, Cambray Chapel (built 1855), Salem (built 1844), Gas Green Chapel (built 1864), and this, Naunton Parade Chapel built in 1870.

It seems likely, however that "Providence" was founded earlier than this in a building nearby. A return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/344/2/1/25) exists for a Baptist congregation meeting in a separate building called "Providence Room" in Bath Terrace, which was used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free sittings for 100 and an average of 50 worshippers attending morning service. The return was completed by John Smith, its Deacon, who lived at "No 1 Bath Road, Cheltenham".

An Historical Gazetteer of Cheltenham says it was Strict Baptist.

The Church's own website says it is Independent Evangelical, whilst it is listed by the website GraceNet UK as Reformed Evangelical Christian. Take your pick!


Now or formerly Strict Baptist.

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 Chapel is located at OS grid reference SO9473221164. 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 10:52.

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