Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Martin's Church (Private), Innsworth, Churchdown
St Martin's Church (Private),
RAF Innsworth,
Innsworth, Churchdown, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church did 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 before 1996, but we understand it was closed in 2008.

The Innsworth RAF base had its own church; however, both the base and church are now apparently closed. The site is now "Imjin Barracks" - the HQ of ARRC (Allied Rapid Reaction Corps), to which there is no public access.

It is not known when it was first opened, but a notice relating to "Marriages in Naval, Military and Air Force Chapels" appeared in The London Gazette of 4th November 1996 (p.14611) relating to its solemnisation for marriages, viz:

A Chapel named St Martin's Church, situated at RAF Innsworth, Gloucester in the registration district of Gloucester in the Non-Metropolitan County of Gloucester has this day, on the application of the Secretary of State for Defence been registered for solemnising marriages therein otherwise than according to the rites of the Church of England, pursuant to section 70, sub-section (1) of the Marriage Acts 1949-70. Dated 29th October 1996.

A corresponding notice, published on 5th July 2001 (p.7936) recorded the cancellation of the order, viz:

A Chapel named ST MARTINS CHURCH, situated at RAF Innsworth in the registration district of Gloucester, has this day, on the application of the Secretary of State for Defence had the registration cancelled for solemnising marriages therein otherwise than according to the rites of the Church of England, pursuant to section 70 of the Marriage Acts 1949-70.

RAF Innsworth, a non-flying Royal Air Force station, closed in March 2008. The HQ of ARRC was transferred from Rheindahlen Military Complex in Germany to Innsworth in 2010. [Source: Imjin Barracks (Wikipedia article)]


Now or formerly Church of England.

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 was located at OS grid reference SO8665921559. 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 Innsworth, 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 22 Sep 2013 at 08:53.

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This Report was created 18 Oct 2021 - 21:39:00 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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