Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Cirencester Spiritualist Church, Cirencester
Cirencester Spiritualist Church,
Room 4, The Old Memorial Hospital, GL7 1QW,
Cirencester, 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

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, but we understand it is still open.

Meetings of Cirencester Spiritualist Church are held in Room 4 of The Old Memorial Hospital, which is on the opposite side of Sheep Street to the former Sheep Street Congregational Chapel (now the Cirencester Memorial Centre). The Memorial Hospital was built 1873-5 by the 6th Earl Bathurst (1832-1892) in memory of his wife, and is believed to have closed in 1990.

In 2011 when I prepared this article, the front of the premises was occupied by the Cirencester Register Office. Other groups using rooms in the premises would have been accessing them from the rear. In fact, the Register Office would have closed soon after, and now, in 2018, it appears the future of the whole building is uncertain. In 2016, and at the request of Cotswold District Council, Cotswold Archaeology prepared a Heritage statement for the building - "Old Memorial Hospital, Sheep Street, Cirencester" - to inform a planning application for its demolition. The document is nevertheless of great interest for Local Historians, and includes plenty of photographs of the building, both old and new. It may be located via a Google search, or by a search of Cotswold District Council website.

My other sources of information were John Williams, and an article on Cirencester Air Raid Shelter on the website "Your Cirencester". The exhibition is set in the Annexe and Air Raid Shelter of the Hospital, so indeed these premises may also be at risk.


Now or formerly Spiritualist.

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 SP0210601833. 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 Cirencester, 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 26 Nov 2018 at 11:43.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 16:06:48 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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