Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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The Good Templars (IOGT International) Hall, Gloucester
The Good Templars (IOGT International) Hall,
Park Road,
Gloucester, 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

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

The IOGT (International Organisation of Good Templars) movement was founded originally as "The Good Templars" - an organisation for temperance or total abstinence from alcohol. It began in the United States in the 19th century, with a structure sharing similar rituals and regalia to Freemasonry, but both men and women were welcome to join, and it made no distinction by race.

The first lodge in England was established by Joseph Malins (1844-1926), who was born in Worcester but emigrated to the United States, where he found work as a painter of railway wagons. After joining IOGT in the USA, he returned to his homeland to found a lodge in Birmingham in 1868. Interestingly, the Lodge was given the name "IOGT Columbia No. 1" - the reason for this is explained on the IOGT England and Wales website.

It is not known when the lodge in Gloucester opened, but by 1959, a branch of the Seventh Day Adventist Church is known to have been using a room in the building for their meetings.

Seventh Day Adventists remained until 1962, when they took over an iron chapel in Cromwell Street, previously occupied by Christian Scientists.

A more comprehensive account of the foundation of the movement in IOGT England and Wales is available on their website. [Sources: the Wikipedia article on the International Organisation of Good Templars, and the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 4: The City of Gloucester (1988), pp.319-334 (Protestant Nonconformity)]


Now or formerly Multi-denominational.

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 SO8321018095. 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 Gloucester, 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 21 Nov 2018 at 11:06.

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This Report was created 18 May 2022 - 01:58:03 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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