Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary (RC), Charlton Kings, Cheltenham
Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary (RC),
Cirencester Road / Moorend Road, GL53 9AU,
Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, 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 Church of Sacred Hearts was built in 1956, on land which had been given by Marie Therese "Superior General of La Saint Union Sisters", who had been instrumental in finding an appropriate location in the Cheltenham area to open a Girls' Grammar School. Accordingly, Charlton Park Manor House, and a portion of land was purchased, and Charlton Park School for Girls was opened in 1939. The community had also planned to build a Church, but plans were suspended during the 1939-1945 War years.

The parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary was formed in 1947, when the building project was resumed. Following the building's completion in 1957, it was blessed by Bishop Joseph Rudderham on 30th June that year.

According to a list of Cheltenham - Current and Former Places of Worship on Stuart Flight's "Glosgen", website it replaced an earlier building, which may suggest there had been temporary accomodation prior to the Church's opening. But perhaps he means the Chapel in the aforementioned Charlton Park School for Girls, now St Edward's Senior School, as Mass had been celebrated there since 8th September 1939, when "a Benedictine monk from St Gregory's Church (in Cheltenham) celebrated the first mass for the Community and scholars".

The above quotations are all from A History of Charlton Park - well worth a read! Interested readers may also wish to visit the Sacred Hearts Charlton Kings website as well.


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 SO9616320635. 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 Charlton Kings, 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 30 Jan 2019 at 09:19.

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This Report was created 26 Oct 2021 - 04:28:12 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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