Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Mission Chapel & Cemetery, Cheltenham
St Mary's Mission Chapel & Cemetery,
pedestrian access from High Street,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Church History

This Cemetery or Burial Ground was founded in 1831, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

This site was purchased as a new burial ground for St Mary's Church in 1829, and a chapel was built in 1831. The burial ground has been cleared, and is now the Winston Churchill Memorial Garden, whilst the Chapel is now in use as the Cheltenham Martial Arts Centre. Just a handful of the headstones survive, propped up against the north wall of the plot.

According to the Chapel's address (30 Stoneville Street) on the British Listed Buildings website, there may have been a side entrance from Stoneville Street, but today the end of the street appears to have been blocked off, and access is by foot only from the Lower High Street.

The ornamental iron gates at the entrance, and wall to the drive have separate Listed status. The gates were by Thomas Letheren, and replaced originals by R.E. Marshall of Cheltenham, after WWI. Letheren's gates were originally at the entrance to Cypher's Nursery Gardens on Queen's Road. [Other Source: Cheltenham - Current and Former Places of Worship, on Stuart Flight's "Glosgen" website]


Now or formerly a Cemetery.

In most cases this will be a record of its original consecration.


This Cemetery was located at OS grid reference SO9430122886. 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 16:55.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 14:20:12 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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