Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Prestbury URC (formerly Prestbury Congregational Chapel), Prestbury, Cheltenham (1) (39k) Prestbury URC (formerly Prestbury Congregational Chapel), Prestbury, Cheltenham (2) (32k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Fiona J. Hall
Prestbury URC (formerly Prestbury Congregational Chapel), Prestbury, Cheltenham
Prestbury URC (formerly Prestbury Congregational Chapel) (see later for their website address)
Deep Street,
Prestbury, 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 1866, and we understand it is still open.

Prestbury Congregational Chapel was founded in 1866 by Highbury Congregational Church in Cheltenham to provide a centre for non-conformist worship in the village. The foundation stone was laid in 1865 by a member of the Wills tobacco family.

In 1972, the United Reformed Church (URC) was formed as a union of the Congregational Church of England and Wales, the Presbyterian Church of England and the Churches of Christ. Prestbury, like Warden Hill Congregational Church, voted to join the URC.

In 1991 Prestbury, Warden Hill and St Andrew's URC Churches joined together to form a team ministry, the United Reformed Church in Cheltenham (URCiC). [Source: Fiona Hall]

The following information about the Chapel has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] There is a Short History and Notes on the Parish Records of Prestbury United Reformed Church on a separate web page.[1]


Now or formerly United Reformed (URC).

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 SO9696723838. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Useful Links

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 in relation to Local History and Places of Worship more generally.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Account provided by Fiona Hall.

Information last updated on 27 Mar 2011 at 18:13.

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This Report was created 14 Oct 2018 - 23:12:44 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 25 Sep 2018 at 07:14.

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