St Nicholas' Church, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Address: Westgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2PG
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The leaning tower of Gloucester

This Medieval church was built for merchant traders beside Gloucester’s (now vanished) west gate.

The church is a city landmark, known for its leaning, truncated white stone spire. Damage was caused to the spire by a direct hit by Royalist troops during the Siege of Gloucester in 1643 – and it is now topped with an attractive coronet.

The existing church dates back to the 12th century, though most of it was rebuilt in the 13th and larger windows were added later. 

Formerly one of Gloucester’s most prosperous parish churches many of its wonderful monuments and memorial slabs commemorate significant citizens, some showing figures in glorious Stuart costume. Most important is the altar tomb of Alderman John Wallton (died 1626) and his wife Alice.

On either side of the chancel are 16th century squints, giving the congregation a view of the sanctuary and there is an unusual Royal Arms above the south doorway that references not one but three monarchs - George I, George II and Charles II.

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Road directions

At the lower end of Westgate Street in the city centre, close to the cathedral; the church is opposite the museum and 250 metres from the ring road

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Gloucester (0.5 mile). Bus route number 351

OS Reference No.

SO 829 188

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.


 

 

 

PDF iconBristol & Gloucestershire County Guide (PDF, 4.6mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Bristol & Gloucestershire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Rob Guest (05 Apr 2012, 21:51)

    This church has the most wonderful acoustics for music - amongst the best in Gloucester and it deserves to be used more for performances

  2. Eileen Morrison (30 Jul 2013, 20:42)

    I've finally managed to see inside the church, after passing by so often, and today had a very good conducted tour. It's very interesting to see the leaning walls! There are some good baroque monuments.

  3. Alan Walsh (04 May 2014, 18:24)

    Had a day out in Gloucester and managed to get hold of the keys to this Church from the folk shop directly opposite and had a look around. It was lovely to have the place to myself. The leaning North wall in the Nave is interesting enough, as is the leaning tower.

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Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Community information for St Nicholas' Church, Gloucester

 

All our Goucestershire churches are in CCT’s West region.

Useful local links

Explore Gloucestershire tourism website 

Gloucestershire Local History Society 

Gloucestershire Family History Society 

Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust 

List of Gloucestershire churches 

Gloucershire is in the Diocese of Gloucester

Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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St Nicholas' Church, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.