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St Dominic's Church (RC), Dursley
St Dominic's Church (RC),
Jubilee Road, GL11 4ES,
Dursley, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) 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 after 1850, and we understand it is still open.

The website of St Dominic's Dursley and St Joseph's Nympsfield provides an outline of the history of St Dominic's. The Catholic community in Dursley developed from those established by William Leigh. He bought an estate in Woodchester, formerly the site of a Dominican Priory, and in 1846-9 he restored its chapel firstly for the Passionist Fathers, and then for the Dominicans.

The Dominicans also founded communities in Stroud and Nympsfield, as well as Dursley. The first Masses in Dursley were said in a barn in Broadwell Street.

From 1933 Mass was said in a YMCA hut in Long Street, but parishioners were keen to have a proper church, and so St Dominic's was built. It opened on 26th February 1939, and was dedicated to St Dominic in recognition of the work of the Dominican friars.

The parish community includes Catholics from Poland, Italy and Ukraine, with Mass being said in Polish on alternate Sundays.

Some information on St Dominic's Church is also available in the Dursley Glos Web collection, on its "Dursley Churches" webpage, setting it a context of 1930s housing development - the Jubilee Road, and Lawrence Grove area. The site also has some very useful information about the Dursley area in general, and a nice collection of photographs, both old and new, so well worth a visit.

There is a cemetery behind the church building, which can be seen on OS Maps, and from above on a Google Satellite view.


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 ST7504098885. 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 Dursley, 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 24 Jan 2019 at 13:58.

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This Report was created 27 Oct 2021 - 05:11:43 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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