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Catholic Church in Hatherop Castle (Private), Hatherop
Catholic Church in Hatherop Castle (Private)   [no longer consecrated]
Hatherop Castle,
Hatherop, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 1790, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

Hatherop Castle was formerly the residence of the Blomer family, and afterwards of Sir John Webb, who married John Blomer's great granddaughter Mary. Both families were staunch Catholics, who remained loyal to their faith during the times of persecution. As a consequence, Sir John is understood to have built his own private chapel in the Castle.

The Gloucestershire Archives have a document dated 1790 (Q/SR/1791/C) which relates to a notice of establishment of a "Roman Catholic church" at Hatherop, presumably Sir John's.

Although a Roman Catholic chapel at Hatherop is mentioned in the National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), it seems likely it was closed by the time Castle was rebuilt by Baron de Mauley in the early 1850s, as there is no mention of a chapel in the description of the Castle on the British Listed Buildings website, and a separate building hasn't been identified on any Maps. [Other Sources: Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire (1923), the Church Monument Society website, for the memorial to Sir John's granddaughter, Lady Barbara de Mauley in Hatherop Church, and the History of the Castle on the Hatherop Castle School website]


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 was located at OS grid reference SP1530405114. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • 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 28 Feb 2013 at 13:11.

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This Report was created 29 May 2018 - 14:03:37 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 29 Mar 2018 at 10:29.

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