Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (RC), Churchdown
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (RC),
Cheltenham Road East, GL3 1HU,
Churchdown, 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 1939, and we understand it is still open.

The website of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour tells us that the celebration of Mass in Churchdown dates from 3rd September 1939. Prior to that, Catholics in the village would have to go to Gloucester or Cheltenham, either by train, or bicycle. The Mass was held in the Assembly Room of The Chosen Hotel, by Canon Matthew Roche, from St Peter's Church in Gloucester, but priests from Prinknash Abbey and the Salesian School at Blaisdon also served here.

A move in 1942 to the Skittle Alley at the Hare & Hounds was followed in August 1944 by a move to the Sandycroft Social Club, which was later destroyed by fire.

The first permanent church building was a converted farm building, in Cheltenham Road East (opposite Pirton Lane), which was converted to a church in 1954. This was demolished in 1990, following which services were held at The Horizons Centre, until the present building was completed, in 1992.

There is a captivating collection of photographs of the old building on Our Lady of Perpetual Succour website.


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 SO8696620769. 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 Churchdown, 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 30 Jan 2019 at 07:22.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 20:28:44 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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