Seventh Day Adventist Church, Gloucester

Recent Photograph of Seventh Day Adventist Church (Gloucester)

Really of little interest, c.1970 by the look of it. More infamous is the plot of ground by it, now a walkway into the centre, as this is Cromwell Street, where the so-called Gloucester “House of Horrors” used to be. As I took the path I thought of the many poor girls, family and strangers both who were buried where I walked. I am a little surprised that the council did not rename the street.

[Rosemary adds] Phil is correct that the building dates from around 1970. According to the section on Protestant Nonconformity in the Victoria County History, Vol 4 (1988), the first mention of a branch of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Gloucester was noted in Kelly's Directory of 1958, when meetings were held in a room in the Good Templars' Hall in Park Road. However by 1962 a register of Worship held by the Gloucester Archives records that the branch had taken over an iron chapel in Cromwell Street, previously used by Christian Scientists. The present brick building was a replacement for this chapel.

(Information provided by Phil Draper/Rosemary Lockie)

Reference
A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 4: The City of Gloucester (1988), pp. 319-334.
URL: www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=281


Image contributed by Phil Draper on 16th March 2006.
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