Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Matthew's Church (with St Mary), Cheltenham
St Matthew's Church (with St Mary),
Clarence Street / St George's Place,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) 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 1859, and we understand it is still open.

The present church was completed in 1879, and replaced an earlier church, built in 1859. Its erection was largely due to the efforts of the then Rector of St Mary's, Canon Bell. He had wanted it to replace St Mary's as the parish church, but there was such strong opposition to this that he was unable to proceed with the change.

Ironically, the churches now (in 2011) share the same ministry, and both are Listed Buildings - see also the British Listed Buildings website.

The tower was raised, and spire was added to the church in 1883, but the spire was removed as unsafe in 1952, and the upper part of the tower in 1971, so the church we see today is most probably as it would have appeared when newly built. It is not known at present whether the early church had a "graveyard" - though St Matthew's Church is listed amongst the Memorial Inscriptions Gloucestershire Family History Society have transcribed, these may be memorials inside the church.

The land it stands on was once occupied by the Court House, where manorial courts were held, and later "The Great House", the residence of Lady Stapleton, which has been quoted as the "centre of Cheltenham's social life for over 100 years".

St Matthew with St Mary became a shared use church in 1972, and is now used for methodist worship as well as anglican. [Sources: Hart, Gwen - A History of Cheltenham (1965), Blake, Steven - Cheltenham, A Pictorial History (Phillimore, 1996), An Historical Gazetteer of Cheltenham, the Parish Church of St Mary, Cheltenham Guidebook (Canon G.W. Hart, 1983)]


Now or formerly Church of England.

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 SO9471222504. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 11 Jan 2011 at 16:07.

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This Report was created 1 Jul 2022 - 04:55:28 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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