“ The Church is unique. It has big architectural features such as the Spire and Roof that immediately impress, but also a wealth of smaller details that delight. We would welcome film crews and have volunteers who can help out if necessary. ”

Ms Rose Hall

Architectural History

Built 1962–4, St Aldate's is a good example of the work of architects Robert Potter and Richard Hare, designers of some of the most innovative and attractive churches in the second half of the 20th century. The Design is a distinct and exciting representative of post-war architecture. The fan-shaped Plan is intended to bring the celebrant and the congregation closer together. The Vestries and Chapels are much lower in height than the main body of the Church and curve round the east end. Although the Chapels were divided off by glass screens in the 1990s, the interior still has a very open character and is very evocative of its period.

Architectural Features

Pevsner proclaims St Aldate's ‘an exceptionally confident building’. The skeletal Spire rises up above the prow-like front of the Church and the iconic, hyperbolic paraboloid, copper clad Roof dips dramatically towards the centre of the building before rising to each side like a pair of wings. A reinforced concrete Frame is used as the ‘skeleton’ of the Church and is intended to be seen. The reinforced concrete is used to particularly dramatic effect for the Buttresses and the tall Spire. Inside, the Church is bright with plenty of floor to wall glazing. The interior is notable for the fan-shaped Auditorium, white rendered Walls, and the undulating Ceiling clad in Iroko hardwood. The unity of the Church’s detailing, different materials and structural lightness can be most appreciated from the choir gallery at the West end.

Filming Attributes

The interior of the Church is light and spacious and offers great flexibility as there is no fixed seating. There is good access to the Church, including wheelchair access. A toilet and tea/coffee making facilities are available. Some storage space can be organised. There is a good light source and mobile phone reception. Heavy plant machinery can be accommodated. Animals are allowed.


Special Considerations

  • Animals Allowed
  • Hotworks
  • Night Shoots
  • Weekend Shoots


The Church is in an urban location, adjacent to a main road. The Church is set within its own grounds and has a number of mature trees which add to the amenity of the area. The surroundings are predominantly suburban housing. There is easy access to Staverton airfield, located between Gloucester and Cheltenham, as well as the M5.

Crew and Relevant Links


Email: rosehall59@gmail.com

Phone: 01452 383796

Website: www.achurchnearyou.com/gloucester-st-aldate