Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Martin's Church, Charlton Abbots
St Martin's Church,
Charlton Abbots, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

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 1250, and we understand it is still open.

My source, for the foundation date of St Martin's Church is the book The Story of Sevenhampton by Ros Stewart (2006). She also mentions nearby Whittington Church built c.1100, and Sevenhampton Church itself (c.1150).

Of the group as a whole she says:

"They were already sited next to the Manor Houses but not as their chapels; the churches were in place long before the present Manor Houses were built. However, Whittington may well have had a former chapel on the same site as the present church where there was a moated house near to, or on the site of the present Whittington Court."

In 1085, as 'Cerletone', it belonged to and paid tithes to Winchcombe Abbey. The monks of the abbey founded a leper colony, walled-in to isolate the sufferers, close to where the church now stands.

In 1712, according to the historian Thomas Atkyns, 'the Chancel is quite down and the church has been disused near 12 years. The inhabitants bury at Winchcombe or Sevenhampton'. Samuel Rudder, in 1779, said the church was 'small and very ruinous', but it was restored later that century, and again in 1886. The single bell, dating from 1346, bears the name of St Martin of Lombardic, and is still tolled regularly for services.

The window at the West End of the church is dedicated to the memory of three men of the parish who died in WWI - Pte. James SIMPSON, d.1918 and commemorated on the Menin Gate; Lieut. Alan MIELKE (RAF), d.1917 and buried in the churchyard; and Pte. Ernest NORRIS, d.1918 and buried in Israel.

St Martin's Church now belongs to the Coln River Group of parishes. [Other Source: 'Welcome to St Martin's, Charlton Abbots' - booklet available inside the church]

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SP0339024275. 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 19 Sep 2011 at 14:48.

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