Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Twrog's Chapel (Ruins), Beachley, Tidenham
St Twrog's Chapel (Ruins),
Beachley Rock,
Beachley, Tidenham, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Chapel did NOT have 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 before 1290, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

For a small promontory, the Beachley peninsula has a remarkably high number of current, or former places of worship. There is St John the Evangelist's Church at Beachley (now redundant), St Luke's at Tutshill, both built in the 19th century, Tidenham Church itself, jointly dedicated to St Mary & St Peter, the ruined St James's Church at Lancaut, and 2 modern churches in Sedbury.

St Twrog's Chapel though now only accessible at low tide, is likely to predate them all. The Victorian County History suggests it may have been an anchorite's cell, its occupant receiving "corn and alms from Tidenham manor", possibly in return for maintenance of a navigation light for shipping off the rocks at Beachley Point. [Source: the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.73-78 (Tidenham including Lancaut - Churches)]

Though very little remains of the chapel today, and it is overshadowed by the present navigation light, it is nevertheless Grade II Listed - see British Listed Buildings website for details.

According to a Wikipedia Article, Twrog was a 6th century Welsh saint, believed to be the son of Ithel Hael o Lydaw of Brittany. There are chapels elsewhere in Wales which share the dedication. See also the photograph of St Twrog's Chapel ruins on Chapel Rock on the Geograph website.

Denomination

Now or formerly Benedictine.

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

Maps

This Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST5484690007. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 30 Dec 2014 at 11:40.

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This Report was created 22 Aug 2017 - 17:49:21 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 4 Jul 2017 at 10:50.

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