St Peter's Church, Gloucester

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St Peter's Church
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St Peter's Church is located in Gloucester Central
St Peter's Church
St Peter's Church
Location in Gloucester
Coordinates: 51°52′03″N 2°14′27″W / 51.8674°N 2.2409°W / 51.8674; -2.2409
OS grid referenceSO8351218781
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationRoman Catholic
StatusParish church
DedicationSaint Peter
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationGrade II* listed
Designated12 March 1973[1]
Architect(s)Gilbert Blount
StyleGothic Revival
Completed8 October 1868

St Peter's Church is a Roman Catholic Parish church in Gloucester, Gloucestershire. It was built from 1860 to 1868 and designed by Gilbert Blount. It is situated on the corner of London Road and Black Dog Way in the centre of the city. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1]


In 1788, a Roman Catholic mission was founded in Gloucester. It was served by an Fr Gildart from a house on Berkeley Street. He did so with help from a £1,000 donation from a Miss Mary Webb.[3] In 1789, it became a parish.[2] In 1790, a Fr John Greenaway came to serve the parish. He set about getting chapel built. It was dedicated to St Peter ad Vincula and was built on London Road. It was registered in 1792. He died in 1800 and was buried in the chapel.[4]

In 1850, during the same year as the restoration of the English hierarchy, a Fr Leonard Calderbank became parish priest.[4][5] With the increasing Catholic population of the city, he planned for a larger church to accommodate the congregation. In 1857, a £1,000 gift from a Frances Canning was given for the construction of the church[4][5] and subscriptions were given by the local congregation.[1]

The presbytery, designed by Alexander Scoles, was built in 1879-80.


In 1859, the chapel on the site of the church was demolished. Construction on the church started in 1860. Gilbert Blount was commissioned to build a Gothic Revival church.[1] In 1867, the neighbouring presbytery was demolished to allow space for construction of a longer nave, a tower and spire.[4][5] On 8 October 1868, the church was consecrated.[2] In 1880, a new presbytery was built.[4][5]


A triptych by Mayer of Munich, acquired by Canon Case in Paris. The stained glass is by Hardman & Co. and Clayton and Bell, who also did the original painting scheme in the sanctuary and Lady Chapel. The painted high altar and reredos in the sanctuary were designed by Blount, as was the carved and arcaded circular stone pulpit, a gift of Miss Canning.[6] In the sanctuary are the carved figures of our Lady, St Joseph, St. Gregory, St. Augustine, St. David and St. Willstan.[7]


The church has four Sunday Masses: 6:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am, 10:00am and 5:30pm on Sunday.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d Roman Catholic Church of St Peter, Gloucester from British Listed Buildings, retrieved 3 January 2016
  2. ^ a b c d Parishes from Diocese of Clifton, retrieved 3 January 2016
  3. ^ Gloucester Church of many nations marks anniversary from BBC News, 10 May 2011, retrieved 4 January 2016
  4. ^ a b c d e History from, retrieved 4 January 2016
  5. ^ a b c d "Gloucester: Roman Catholicism" in A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 4, the City of Gloucester, from British History Online (London: Victoria County History, 1988), 317-319.
  6. ^ "Gloucester – St Peter", Taking Stock, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
  7. ^ "St Peter's Catholic Church", City of Gloucester

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