Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Swindon Road Wesleyan Mission Chapel, Cheltenham
Swindon Road Wesleyan Mission Chapel,
Swindon Road / Queen Street,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 before 1864, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

This building is marked on Old Maps, for instance OS 1885 Town Plans 1:500 as "Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Seats for 150". Steven Blake in his book Cheltenham, A Pictorial History (1996) says it was built in 1864 for the area north of Tewkesbury Road, where a congregation had been established in a cottage in Stanhope Street 12 years earlier. Kelly's Directory of 1923 mentions it as one of four Wesleyan chapels in Cheltenham at that time, describing it as "Swindon Road chapel, erected in 1842, with 150 sittings". Presumably Kelly refers to a former building on the site.

The other Wesleyan chapels were in Great Norwood Street, St George's Street, and Gloucester Road.

This building is also believed to have been the Salvation Army Goodwill Centre, recorded in the list of Cheltenham - Current and Former Places of Worship on Stuart Flight's "Glosgen" website. It is also listed as such in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010), with an address of "Sun Street and Swindon Road".

At present however (2011) its function is unknown.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Methodist.

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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO9409823435. 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 Cheltenham, 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 8 Nov 2018 at 16:52.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 21:19:32 GMT 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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