Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Sula Lightship (Gloucester Buddhist Centre), Gloucester
Sula Lightship (Gloucester Buddhist Centre),
Llanthony Road, Llanthony Wharf, GL2 5HH,
Gloucester, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church did 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 2012, but we understand it was closed in 2016.

The Sula Lightship, moored in Gloucester Dock, is (was) the home of "Lightship Therapies", a holistic healing centre, run by Jan and Agnes van der Elsen, and offering a wide range of therapies. When this account was first prepared, in August 2014, the Gloucester Buddhist Centre shared the premises.

An article Buddhism Centre opens on Gloucester Docks published by Gloucestershire Live on 15th May 2012 announced their opening. More recently (August 2016), their webpage indicates the Centre has been closed, as its leaders are on a 2-year training course in Japan to study Shingon Buddhism; however when they return, a traditional Shingon temple in Gloucestershire will be built - the first in the UK.

Meanwhile I understand the FaceBook page for the Gloucester Buddhist Centre will remain a source of the most up to date information - you don't need to sign up to FB to see it.


Now or formerly Shingon Buddhist.

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 SO8252217972. 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 Gloucester, 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 25 Nov 2018 at 10:21.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 15:17:51 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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