Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Congregational Church, Gloucester
St Mary's Congregational Church,
Archdeacon Street / St Mary's Street, GL1 2QS,
Gloucester, 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.

This congregation was formed in 1877, when a group of Independents from Southgate Congregational Church converted St Mary's Square chapel, which had belonged to the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, into a mission hall. It was known as "St Mary's Hall", and meetings continued in the building until 1958, when it was demolished during slum clearance, and the present building, on the corner of St Mary's Street and Archdeacon Street was built.

In 1972, when the United Reformed Church was formed as a union of the Congregational Church of England and Wales, the Presbyterian Church of England and the Churches of Christ, the congregation decided not to join the union, and in 1974, St Mary's became a separate Congregational church.

The second of our photographs shows the Cathedral in the background, on the right, and the top of the King's School building ('The Cathedral School'), above St Mary's on the left.

Elsewhere in our database, under the entry for Southgate Congregational Church (now demolished), is a photograph of Southgate Congregational Church WWI Roll of Honour, now preserved in the former Whitefield Memorial Church in Park Road. It includes six names from St Mary's Hall. [Sources: the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 4: The City of Gloucester (1988), pp.319-334 (Protestant Nonconformity), and John Williams]


Now or formerly Congregational.

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 SO8304318948. 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 Gloucester, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 30 Dec 2014 at 15:02.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 10:45:32 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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