Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St John the Baptist's Church, Chaceley
St John the Baptist's Church,
off Lawn Bar Road,
Chaceley, 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.

Chaceley belonged to Worcestershire until 1931, and indeed may still be recorded as such in some reference sources.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] St John the Baptist's Church - like many of the churches in the area - is raised above the level of the roadway, potentially to lift it above the surrounding area which is prone to flooding from the River Severn.[1]

[Image 2] The Chancel Arch dates from the 12th century. Although it isn't possible to see it on this photograph, the keystone has a ‘Devil-face’, which (according to the guide leaflet) is probably of Saxon date and therefore earlier than the rest of the church.[1]

[Image 3] The East window in the south aisle - underneath is a group of four paintings, a close up of the rightmost may be seen on the photograph showing The Drum.[1]

[Image 4] The church consists of nave, chancel and south aisle. According to the guide leaflet, this arcade, between nave and south aisle, dates from the early 14th century, when the south wall of the Norman Church was taken down, and the aisle added. The corbels are small heads, each with a different expressions on his face.[1]

[Image 5] Yes, that is a Drum reclining on its side in the corner of the south aisle! It belonged originally to the church orchestra, when it was used to accompany singing before there was an organ. The Royal Coat of Arms painted on the Drum is understood to be circa 1817.

The painting beneath the window is one of a group of four.

The Inscription on the Memorial above them reads:

Underneath / this Monument lies
the Body of Thomas
WHITE (late of Hillend in
this Parish) who departed this
Life February the 2rd 1771
Aged LXV Years
Here lieth the Body of Elizabeth
the Wife of Thomas WHITE
who departed this life June the 17th 1771
Age LIX Years
Through Adams fall in dust our bodys lie
In hopes through Christ from dust to Glroy Rise
Sound, Joyfull trump thy voice we long to hear
O come Lord Jesus when will thou appear
Theres non shall Blessed be but those that stand
Clothd with thy Rightous Rob[e]s at thy Right hand[1]

[Image 6] The 14th century east window was reset after rebuilding the chancel from the base of the windows in 1882. The fragment of the crucifixion inset into the window is also ancient.

This is indeed an old church - there are Norman tiles on the altar, and note the curious aumbrey to its right. Although out of focus in this photo, there is also a piscina set in the south wall, just below the south window, where there is such a lovely floral display.[1]


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 SO8551030670. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 27 Mar 2011 at 00:00.

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