Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Salem Baptist Church (21stC), Cheltenham
Salem Baptist Church (21stC),
129 St George's Road, GL50 3EQ,
Cheltenham, 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 2001, and we understand it is still open.

The Salem Baptist Chapels in Cheltenham were founded in 1835-6 by a group of seceders from the Bethel Chapel, who had arrived as "an influx of radical antinomians into the moderate congregation", according to the document Cheltenham Borough Archaeological Assessments, compiled as part of the Gloucestershire Extensive Urban Survey (EUS) of 1995-8. Their first meetings were held in the Clarence Gallery on Clarence Street, until - unable to find suitable premises for a new building - the congregation purchased Barrett's Riding School in Regent Street, which was refitted, as a galleried chapel.

This remained in use until 1845, when a new chapel was built in Clarence Parade. This is a large "Gothic" edifice near the town centre, originally providing seating for 2,000. It now enjoys Listed Building status, and is described elsewhere in this database.

It was closed in 1999, with the congregation vacating the premises some time prior to that, pending the opening of the present Salem Baptist Church in St George's Road, in 2001.


Now or formerly Baptist.

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 SO9398722573. 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 11 Nov 2018 at 14:28.

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This Report was created 28 Nov 2023 - 16:36:13 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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