Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St James's Chapel (Private), Postlip, Winchcombe (1) (67k) St James's Chapel (Private), Postlip, Winchcombe (2) (69k) Above Photograph(s)
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St James's Chapel (Private), Postlip, Winchcombe
St James's Chapel (Private)   [no longer consecrated]
Postlip Hall Complex,
Postlip, Winchcombe, 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 in the 12th century, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

St James's Chapel is a Grade I Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details. It is described there as a Roman Catholic "two-cell Norman" chapel, built in the 12th century, but now for private use only . The site also mentions it forms a group with Postlip Hall and Tithe Barn.

Annals of Winchcombe and Sudeley, by Emma Dent (1877) provides the further information that it was built during the Civil War between Stephen and Matilda, or rather, "it was about this time that the beautiful little Norman church of Postlip was built by William de Solers at the request of his tenants, who hoped to find therein a refuge from the terrible ravages committed in the neighbourhood, as also a more secure place of worship than Winchcombe or Hailes, the country being then infested by robbers and characters of the worst description, such as ever follow in the trail of civil war".

Our illustrations are taken from the same book, digitized by Google and available from The Ebook and Texts Archive.

Denomination

Now or formerly Medieval Chapel.

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 SO9984326898. 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 25 Oct 2011 at 17:56.

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