Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Catherine's Church (Demolished), Gloucester
St Catherine's Church (Demolished),
Priory Road,
Gloucester, 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 1548, but we understand it was closed in 1912.

The parish church of St Catherine was founded in the remains of St Oswald's Priory after the Dissolution. The Priory was largely demolished, except for one aisle which became the parish church of St Catherine. However this in turn became a casualty of the Civil War as it was damaged by royalist artillery during the Siege of Gloucester, and in 1653, the City Council ordered its demolition.

It was over 200 years before a new St Catherine's Church was built, and during this time, parishioners shared St Mary de Lode Church. The new church was built in 1867/8 on the same site, to a design by local architect M.H. Medland, but as a consequence of falling off of attendance and changing patterns of population, it was demolished in 1912, and replaced by the present St Catharine's at the top of Wotton Pitch. It seems a pity it was demolished, as the photograph in Jill Voyce's book Gloucester in Old Photographs (from the County Library Collection, 1985), shows a substantial church which was probably built of red brick, embellished with sandstone. It had nave, a semi-circular apse, a vestry, porch, and transept on the north side, and a western turret. There may also have been a south transept, but it is not possible to see in the photograph. [Other Sources: the British Listed Buildings website, and Religious Heritage (in 2010) on Gloucester City Council website]


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 SO8304019007. 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 10 Nov 2018 at 15:34.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 20:46:27 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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