Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Peter's Church, Cheltenham
St Peter's Church   [no longer consecrated]
Tewkesbury Road,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


This Church 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 1849, but we understand it was closed after 2008, and the premises are now in secular use.

This church is situated on south side of the Tewkesbury Road. The tower, with its pyramidal roof, whilst possibly not unique, is certainly eye-catching.

It was designed by Samuel (S.W.) Daukes, and was built for the inhabitants of what was at the time one of Cheltenham's poorer areas, on the opposite (north) side of the Tewkesbury Road.

It is now Grade II Listed. The British Listed Buildings website quotes Teresa Sladen as saying it is 'an important early Victorian church on account of its unusual and early use of the Romanesque style...'

There is a reproduction of a painting of the church in Cheltenham, A Pictorial History (Steven Blake, 1996) showing it shortly after it was built, backing onto fields. The Tewkesbury Road is half the width it is at present, and the only transport being by horse and cart. How things change!

According to Gloucestershire BMD Indexes, marriages took place between 1849 and 2008, and the premises have now been closed for worship. Our photograph of the interior captures it at an unusual moment in its new career - the floor was being given a polish!


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 was located at OS grid reference SO9386423361. 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 Jun 2012 at 13:36.

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This Report was created 28 Nov 2023 - 16:50:49 GMT 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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