Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bethany Chapel (or 'Regent Chapel'), Cheltenham
Bethany Chapel (or 'Regent Chapel')   [no longer registered]
Regent 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 in 1840, but we understand it was closed in 1865, and the premises are now in secular use.

According to the document Cheltenham Borough Archaeological Assessments, compiled as part of the Gloucestershire Extensive Urban Survey (EUS) of 1995-8, this chapel was built for Association Methodists about 1840, and occupied by them until a Royal Well chapel was built in 1865. It was known in 1979 as Regent Chapel, though according to the list of Cheltenham - Current and Former Places of Worship on Stuart Flight's "Glosgen" website, it has been used in recent years as an estate agent's premises. At the time of our photograph (2011) it looks like an employment agency!

The 'Bistro' on its right is called "The Slug and Lettuce". Nice...

It is described in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) as a "plain low building with rendered west front, blank except for a rounded-arched doorway with fanlight near the south end... now used by the Brethren and renamed 'Regent Chapel'".

A search of the National Archives 'Access to Archives' site reveals the Gloucester Archives have a bundle D5678/2, for the period 1849-1865 which mentions the Wesleyan Methodist Bethany Chapel, in Regent Street, and the names of Thomas Aquila Dale of Birkenhead, The Trustees of the Bethany Chapel, and Nathaniel Smith of Cheltenham. A further bundle, D5678/3 (1854-1858) mentions 53 Regent Street, and the names of James and William Vaughan, and Nathaniel Smith all of Cheltenham, but it is not clear whether this refers to the chapel property.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Association.

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 SO9497222401. 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 - 18:00:01 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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