Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Providence Baptist Chapel, Cheltenham
Providence Baptist Chapel,
Naunton Parade, GL53 7NP,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1835, and we understand it is still open.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1923, there were four Baptist Chapels in Cheltenham, Cambray Chapel (built 1855), Salem (built 1844), Gas Green Chapel (built 1864), and this, Naunton Parade Chapel built in 1870.

It seems likely, however that "Providence" was founded earlier than this in a building nearby. A return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/344/2/1/25) exists for a Baptist congregation meeting in a separate building called "Providence Room" in Bath Terrace, which was used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free sittings for 100 and an average of 50 worshippers attending morning service. The return was completed by John Smith, its Deacon, who lived at "No 1 Bath Road, Cheltenham".

An Historical Gazetteer of Cheltenham says it was Strict Baptist.

In more recent years, 'Providence' has adopted a more Evangelical flavour. Its inclusion on the GraceNet UK website over the years has indicated a "Reformed Evangelical" organisation, and indeed this may be appropriate in more ways than one, since Providence Baptist Chapel's own website indicates it subscribes to "what is commonly described as Reformed Theology".


Now or formerly Strict 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 Chapel is located at OS grid reference SO9473221164. 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 25 Jan 2019 at 15:02.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 15:56:39 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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