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Christ Church (The "Spa Church"), Gloucester
Christ Church (The "Spa Church"),
Brunswick Road / Montpellier, GL1 1JZ,
Gloucester, 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 1823, and we understand it is still open.

Christ Church has a graveyard on the south east side of the church, though it is now closed and most of the memorials have been removed.

Building began in 1822 to a design by Thomas Rickman and Henry Hutchinson "in a plain neo-classical style". It was funded by a combination of public subscription and issue of shares, and intended for use of subscribers living in the housing built around the newly discovered "Gloucester Spa". According to Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) it was dedicated to Holy Trinity, whilst at the time of a Map published by L. Bryant in 1841, when it was one of 9 churches shown, it was called "Spa Church".

The Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/336/4/5/5) records it as "Christ Church in South Hamlet which is extraparochial. No district has hitherto been assigned to an Church with care of souls". The return was completed by Robert B. Holmes, Perpetual Curate, of 3 Brunswick Square, Gloucester.

It was taken over by the diocese in 1877 as it could no longer pay its way, and its name was then changed from 'The Spa Church' to 'Christ Church'. Its early name was however restored in 1979, when as "Christ Church at the Spa", it was added to the united benefice of "St Mary de Crypt with St John the Baptist". The latter had been formed in 1952, when "St Mary de Crypt with All Saints and St Owen" was united with St John the Baptist.

Between the 15th and 17th centuries St Mary de Crypt had also been known as Christ Church. And there is now another Christchurch (modern) situated on the outskirts of Gloucester (Christchurch Abbeydale). It is a shared use church - Anglican, and other denominations take it in turns to hold their Sunday services there. [Sources: John Williams, and the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 4: The City of Gloucester (1988), pp.311-317 (Modern Parish Churches)]


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 SO8310718031. 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 30 Dec 2014 at 08:43.

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This Report was created 17 May 2022 - 02:02:57 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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