Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Friends Meeting House (now George Watson Memorial Hall), Tewkesbury
Friends Meeting House (now George Watson Memorial Hall)   [no longer registered]
Barton Street, GL20 5PX,
Tewkesbury, 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 in 1805, but we understand it was closed in 1850, and the premises are now in secular use.

This site in Barton Street was acquired for a Friends Meeting House in 1804; the building was erected in 1805, but its trust deed was not completed until 1810. Like the nearby Baptist Chapel, it is set back from the street, and partially hidden by other buildings. It replaced an earlier meeting place on the east side of St Mary's Street.

By 1850, however the premises had become too large, and meetings were continued in private rooms. The premises were let, and the building used for various public functions as 'The Music Hall', or 'Philharmonic Hall' for the next 11 years. In 1861, it was sold to the nearby Baptist Church, and until 1880, it was used as their Sunday-school.

It was converted to its present use as a public hall (The 'George Watson Memorial Hall') in 1909. [Source: Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986)]


Now or formerly Quaker.

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 SO8943132672. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 6 May 2011 at 14:53.

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This Report was created 21 May 2022 - 19:57:31 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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