There are many churches and religious buildings, such as priories throughout Gloucestershire. This includes church buildings ranging from Gloucester Cathedral to the many small rural village churches. There are also many churches in the Forest of Dean that are worth visiting.
Visit Gloucestershire Churches
Some churches that @aboutglos particularly likes for architectural or historical reasons.
St Nicholas Church, Gloucester
On Lower Westgate Street is the historic St Nicholas Church, often overlooked by visitors because of the cathedral. This church has a fascinating history. The tour guides here are top-notch and very knowledgeable. The church’s history started in the 12 century and was damaged in the English civil war during the siege of Gloucester.
The church has many great artefacts, including a replica 14th sanctuary knocker (the Original is in the museum). People who used to knock to claim sanctuary in the church used this. Basically, a medieval safe space. One feature seen from the outside is the large bracket clock that fixed onto the south side of the tower in 1716. This is rather unique by the numbers on the clock’s face. It uses IIII rather than IV to denote the time at 4 o’clock.
St Nicholas in Hardwicke
A village church on one of my favourite walks and in the middle of the local countryside. The buildings date back to Norman times and are very well preserved. About Hardwicke Church…
St Michael & All Saints Eastington
St Michael & All Saints Church in the village of Eastington is on the banks of the River Frome. This church is set in some stunning scenery and a magnificent spot to have a break while walking the River Frome. About…
St Bartholomew’s Churchdown
At the top of Churchdown Hill, this small church is pretty stunning and a great destination for a hill walk. The building dates back to Norman times and has a rich history. About St Barts…
St Paul’s Church in Cheltenham.
St Paul’s Church was built to be the first ‘free’ church in Cheltenham, they founded it in 1831. Historically Cheltenham’s vicar of the time was alarmed to see the rich of the town were coming to his church and yet their servants had nowhere to worship. The vicar set about building a church for the poor, a church where you didn’t have to pay to worship God.
St Marys Cheltenham
We also know Cheltenham Minster as St Mary’s Church is located just off the high street. The Minster is the only surviving medieval building in Cheltenham; it has been in continuous use for 850 years, unless it’s closed for repairs.
They believe it to have replaced a Saxon church erected on this site in the 8th century. In the Domesday Book, the church and its land (the rectory) were recorded as belonging to William the Conqueror’s chancellor, Regenbald, also known as Reinbald, who then bequeathed it to Cirencester Abbey.
St Peters Church in Gloucester
On London Road, Gloucester, St Peter’s is a Roman Catholic Church. St Peter’s was built between 1860 and 1868. It was designed by Gilbert Blount and consecrated in 1868. The architecture is in the gothic-revival style and has a very nice spire. The site is now a Grade II listed building.
Mariners Church Gloucester
Seamen from many nations frequented the Mariners Church in Gloucester Docks, which opened in 1849. In its first 5 years, 2,000 copies of the Bible were distributed.
They built the Mariners Church predominantly for the workers in the dockyard and crews of boats that had moored nearby. It has always welcomed all residents of Gloucester. Today, it is still a draw for people who come from far and wide to visit while exploring the historic docks.
St Mary de Crypt Gloucester
The St Mary de Crypt Church is in the city centre on Southgate Street, next to Greyfriars Priory Ruins. St Mary de Crypt is an Anglican Church that has a history dating back to 1140. In the 12 century, they knew it as The Church of the Blessed Mary within Southgate.
St Margaret’s Chapel Gloucester
On London Road towards Hillfield Park in the city, St Margaret’s is a small chapel. The building dates back to 1193. Originally it belonged to the Leper Hospital of St Margaret and St Sepulchre.
St Laurence Church Stroud
St. Laurence Church is in the Shambles, Stroud. The site has been a place of worship for over 700 years. In 1866, the Victorians felt that the existing building could no longer meet the growing demands of the town and rebuilt the church, except for the 14th century tower and spire, which are original structures. The grounds are a nice place to go for reflection or somewhere quiet to enjoy an alfresco lunch.
Quedgeley Church – St James
St James Church is a Church of England church in School Lane, Quedgeley. The church has been a Grade II listed building since 1955. People have used the site of the current church for religious reasons since before 1095. They originally built the church in 1210 with additions of the chancel in the 13th century and further additions. However, they have rebuilt parts of the building over the centuries, including the nave and chancel in 1857.
They built the building using ashlar with a Cotswold stone roof. The opening between the nave and north aisle has three bays in the traditional 13th-century style. The current site is a nice place to sit and reflect, and admire the building from many angles.
The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin
The centrepiece of the town of Tewkesbury is its famous abbey, The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin. Tewkesbury Abbey is a former benedictine monastery and is great to have a look around as well as attend events like food fayres on its grounds.
They consider the abbey one of the best examples of Norman architecture in the country. It has a Romanesque crossing tower that is the largest in Europe. The church is home to three organs with the Milton Organ, which dates back to the 17th century.