Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Friends Meeting House (1836), Cheltenham
Friends Meeting House (1836),
Manchester Street (now Clarence Street),
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 in 1836, but we understand it was closed in 1902.

This building was built between 1834-6, for a Society of Friends whose meetings had begun in the mid 17th century. However by the beginning of the 20th century, it had become too small(?) for its congregation, and in 1902 they moved to Friends Meeting House in Portland Street (since demolished). Today their former premises is known as 'Manchester House', and enjoys Listed Building status.

Prior to their occupancy of this building Friends had met in a building near to the old Shaftesbury Hall erected in 1701-3, and registered for worship at Michaelmas Quarter Sessions in 1703. After the Friends vacated it in 1836, it continued in use for religious worship, occupied by Unitarians until 1844, when they moved to Bayshill, and afterwards by Primitive Methodists. It was demolished around the end of the 19th century.

Manchester Street was the former name of the section of Clarence Street between St George's Place, and St James's Square. More details of the foundation of Quaker Meeting in Cheltenham is available on the present day church's website. [Other Sources: Cheltenham Borough Archaeological Assessments, from the Gloucestershire Extensive Urban Survey (EUS) of 1995-8, the British Listed Buildings website, and An Historical Gazetteer of Cheltenham]


Now or formerly Quaker.

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 was located at OS grid reference SO9463122554. 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 17 Aug 2022 - 17:55:38 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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