Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Michael's Church (RC), Tetbury
St Michael's Church (RC),
The Green,
Tetbury, 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 1935, and we understand it is still open.

A History of St Michael's on St Michael's, Tetbury website provides an engaging record of Catholicism in Tetbury. Worthy of mention, from their account is that in 1881, "at the insistence of a Belgian resident, Baron de Brienen, Mass was celebrated … at the home of Mr Hugginson, a confectioner of the town"; and from 1881 to 1883, "Father Francis Larive came from Malmesbury to celebrate there".

During the First World War, as a consequence of the arrival in the town of Belgian Refugees, Mass was celebrated at Chavenage House.

The foundation of the present church's congregation was laid in the late 1930s, when the parish priest from Malmesbury bought York House in Silver Street, and Mass was celebrated in a back room. In the early days of World War II, Masses were held in Oak House, the home of a parishioner, then in the ball-room of the White Hart (now 'The Snooty Fox'). Then in 1941, a former Baptist Chapel was purchased at auction, and this is now St Michael's Catholic Church.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), p.280 (Tetbury: Roman Catholicism) is more explicit, recording that the "branch house with chapel" in Silver Street was opened in 1835, by "Salesians based at Malmesbury" , and that a separate parish for Tetbury was founded in the following year.

For the record, the Salesians of Don Bosco are a religious congregation of Brothers and Priests, founded in 1859 by Saint John Bosco. There are just a handful of Communities in the UK today.


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 ST8911693022. 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 Tetbury, 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 25 Jan 2019 at 10:25.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 17:09:21 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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