Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Catharine's Church, Gloucester
St Catharine's Church,
London Rd / Denmark Rd / Cheltenham Rd, GL1 3HD,
Gloucester, Gloucestershire.


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 1868, and we understand it is still open.

This is the third site for a parish church of St Cath[a][e]rine. The first one was in Kingsholm, attached to St Oswald's Priory. The second St Catherine's was consecrated on 18 April 1868, but this in turn was demolished, and replaced by the present building, built 1912-15 to a design by local architect Walter B. Wood. It is situated at the junction of London Road, Denmark Road and Cheltenham Road - a triangular site.

Originally there were pews inside, but these have been replaced by upholstered chairs in various shades of green and blue, randomly distributed. The font came from the second St Catherine's, which was demolished in 1927. It was replaced, apparently as it was said to be "at the wrong end of its parish".

It is now styled St Catharine having changed from St Catherine some time after the second church was built.

The Inscription on its Foundation Stone reads:

To the Glory of God
This foundation stone was laid
The Right Honble Viscount St. ALDWYN
Right Worshipful
Provincial Grand Master of Gloucestershire
with Masonic Ceremonial
the 28th Day of May 1912
Vicars WardenVicar Parish Warden
Walter B. WOOD  J. BYARD & Sons
Architect  Builders

The architect, Walter Bryan WOOD was the son of John Yorke and Caroline WOOD, born in Bury, Lancashire in 1852. He joined the firm of Messrs Waller & Sons, Architects as a pupil, became a junior partner in 1882, then started his own architectural firm in 1889, at 12 Queen Street, Gloucester.

Walter was married in 1881 to Elizabeth Margaretta WOOD, of Barnwood. He died on 28th January 1926 aged 74 years, and is buried in St Lawrence's Churchyard in Barnwood. [Sources: John Williams/Phil Draper]


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 SO8444318980. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 5 Jun 2012 at 12:10.

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This Report was created 17 May 2022 - 01:25:46 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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