Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Tewkesbury Methodist Church, Tewkesbury (1) (54k) Tewkesbury Methodist Church, Tewkesbury (2) (54k) Tewkesbury Methodist Church, Tewkesbury (3) (49k) Tewkesbury Methodist Church, Tewkesbury (4) (61k) Tewkesbury Methodist Church, Tewkesbury (5) (69k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
Tewkesbury Methodist Church, Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury Methodist Church (link to Church's website)
The Cross, High Street, GL20 5BB,
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

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 1878, and we understand it is still open.

Our first photograph shows the front of the church, as seen from "The Cross", the ancient crossing place of roads from the north to the south, and east to west.

Our second photograph shows the church interior, with 5 windows of stained glass, made by Swaine Bourne of Birmingham, featuring The Three Wise Men, Jesus teaching his disciples, Jesus entering Jerusalem, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, The Resurrection, and The Ascension. On either side of the chancel arch are carvings of angels, by H.H. Martyn, of Cheltenham. His company was later responsible for the refurbishment of the House of Commons, after damage suffered in World War II, and the pulpit in St Paul's Cathedral.

Our 3rd photograph shows the patchwork cross, on the left hand wall of the church close to the altar, made by junior church members in 2003 - 125 squares to commemorate "125 years at The Cross".

The church was built by Thomas COLLINS in 1878. Other Memorials on the left hand wall commemorate his nephew and business partner, Francis William GODFREY, born 10th Oct 1850, died 5th April 1912, William ALLEN, an office holder in the church, and members of the Church killed in World War I. One soldier, Sergeant Albert COOPEY, was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry in action.

In 1977, Tewkesbury Methodist Church congregation were joined by that of the Tewkesbury United Reformed Church in Barton Street. Following the transfer, the 3 memorials from inside the URC were transferred to the Methodist Church, and they now occupy the right-hand wall. They commemorate the long pastorate of the Rev. Henry WELSFORD, William RICE, a church member, and the members of the Church who fell in World War I. [Source: Rosemary Lockie, from 'A Walk Around Tewkesbury Methodist Church' - a leaflet available inside the church]

Methodist Church War Memorial
19141919
In Memory of the Men of this Church / who gave their Lives for Humanity in / the Great War.
Charles BAILEY.Percy HAWKER.
Albert COOPEY.Reginald HALL.
Fredrick CLEMENTS.Daniel MORGAN.
William CRIPPS.Ernest NUNNEY.
William HAWKER.Donald PRIESTLEY.
Fredrick HAWKER.Alfred REYNOLDS.
"More than Conquerors"

Congregational Church Memorial
In Loving and Thankful / Memory of the Men / From this Church
William A. ATTWOOD Austin C. PAPPS
Leonard A. BROOKES Tom PARROTT
Frank E. HALE William C. PROSSER
Percy J. HOLT Albert C. PURSER
Harry KNIGHT 
Who gave their lives in / the Great War for
1914    Liberty    1918
"Lest We Forget"

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SO8929832635. 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 28 Aug 2015 at 16:20.

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