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Bishop Hooper’s House, 99-101 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG


Please Help us to Protect this Building Love The Folk

The Folk of Gloucester, one of the city’s most historically significant buildings, is launching a crowdfunding appeal this Valentine’s Day to ensure vital restorations can go ahead.

Trustees of the Westgate Street venue, which dates back to 1506, need £20,000 to carry out sensitive repairs to its magnificent timber facade.

They are calling on Gloucester’s residents, visitors and businesses to rally behind and #LoveTheFolk by contributing donations which will enable long-term improvements to its frontage.

The full cost of the necessary work is £74,000, but volunteers from Gloucester Civic Trust who run and maintain the site have already raised £54,000 towards the total themselves.

The final £20,000 will complete the fundraising and it’s hoped the #LoveTheFolk crowdfunder will reach its goal within six to eight weeks.

Please help if you can, by donating

Discover Our Story


Gloucester Folk Museum (for the last couple of years called the “Gloucester Life Museum”) was one of the first Folk Museums to be established in the Country in 1935.

At the end of 2018 the Council closed the Museum and agreed a deal to transfer ownership to Gloucester Historic Buildings/Gloucester Civic Trust who will be re-opening it as an events, education and exhibitions space.

The building has been known for many years as Bishop Hooper House because some people believed that Bishop Hooper stayed here on the night before he was burnt at the stake in 1555. However there is no evidence that this actually happened!

The museum has what is claimed to be part of the burnt stake.

For a more detailed description of the building’s history. Please click the button below.

The building has an excellent café where visitors can take a break including a delightful “Tudor” garden area when the weather suits.

Also on site are a pair of excellent, state of the art, meeting rooms, called the “EdShed”, which are available for hire.

If you’d like to help us with this amazing place, please considering donating or volunteering.


The Ed Shed Two Meeting rooms available to hire

Courtyard View

Courtyard View

Facilities Include

  • Wifi
  • Smart Board
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilet and lift
  • Flip chart
  • Fridge
  • Projector
  • Sink & Worktop
  • Tea and Coffee facilities
Tower View

Tower View

Room Layouts

  • Board Room
  • Cabaret Style
  • Classroom
  • Clear Space
  • U Shape
  • Horeshoe chairs only
  • Theatre

Events Events at The Folk

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