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St Margaret's Church, Alstone
St Margaret's Church,
Alstone Village,
Alstone, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

St Margaret's is a pretty little church. The original church dates from the 12th century, but it was rebuilt in the 13th century, altered in the 17th century and restored in 1880 and Unusually for Gloucestershire, it has a red tiled roof, and a timber-framed bell tower. The latter is finished in black and white, with a hipped roof, and dates from the 18th century, but the overall impression is that it is much newer, and is rather reminiscent of the "Arts & Crafts" Churches, such as Brockhampton, in Herefordshire.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes it as "a building of stone in the Gothic style of the 14th century, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a wooden turret, containing a clock and one bell". As part of the village's 2000 Millennium celebrations, the clock's mechanism for chiming the hours was electrified, so obviating a weekly hand-winding - for which information I am indebted to the Teddington and Alstone Villages website, which also provides a more comprehensive history.

Alstone was formerly a hamlet which belonged to the parish of Overbury, in Worcestershire until 1844, when it was transferred to Gloucestershire. It was created a civil parish in 1866, retaining a separate identity until 1935, when it was merged with the parish of Teddington. [Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time (Units & Statistics)]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO9826132457. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

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Information last updated on 24 Dec 2013 at 15:14.

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This Report was created 20 Oct 2018 - 22:46:50 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 25 Sep 2018 at 07:14.

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