Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Whaddon Road Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Cheltenham
Whaddon Road Evangelical Presbyterian Church,
rear of Claremont, Whaddon Road, GL52 5LZ,
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 1877, and we understand it is still open.

The Cheltenham Evangelical Free Church was founded as a mission in 1877 by Mr James Walker. He had been unhappy with the Church of England, and had been ordained within the Church of Scotland, and for this reason the church he erected - a metal pre-fab structure - was known locally as 'The Scots (or Scotch) Church, Whaddon Lane'. After his death, a Committee and Board of Trustees were formed, and they purchased the land, and its fixtures from the late pastor's estate. The church became known at this time as the Walker Memorial Church.

The original church building was replaced in 1987, with a new building erected adjacent to the site. Its construction was financed by the developer of a block of retirement apartments known as 'Claremont', and it is now reached through an archway in the apartment block. The old building was subsequently cleared, and the plot is now occupied by a small local shop.

When I prepared this account originally, in 2011, the full legal name of the Church was "Evangelical Free Church (Walker Memorial)". However, in reevaluating the information in 2019, I have discovered that the congregation is due to become part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales, and will accordingly change its name. To find out more, you may wish to visit the new Whaddon Road Evangelical Presbyterian Church website.


Now or formerly Evangelical.

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 SO9567822968. 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 28 Jan 2019 at 16:27.

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This Report was created 3 Jul 2022 - 18:06:20 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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