Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Kingswood Abbey (Ruins), Kingswood, Wotton under Edge
Kingswood Abbey (Ruins),
Abbey Street,
Kingswood, Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We don't know whether this Church 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 1139, but we understand it was closed in 1539.

The origins of this abbey lie in a promise, by Roger de Berkeley II to grant the manor of Acholt at Kingswood to the Cistercian monastery of Tintern, in Monmouthshire. This was subsequently confirmed by Roger's nephew, William de Berkeley in 1139; however its status was not properly secured until later that century. The actual year when this happened is uncertain; but several sources say 1170. See the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 2: Religious Houses of the County (1907), pp.99-101 (Houses of Cistercian monks - The abbey of Kingswood) for more information.

Only the 15th century gate-house, and a wall against which cottages are built, now remain. They are aptly described on the British Listed Buildings website. Kelly's Directory of 1923 says the gate-house was purchased by the parish in 1897, and the apartment over it was then used as a Council Room. It is not known whether this is still the case.

Denomination

Now or formerly Cistercian.

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 was located at OS grid reference ST7470992036. 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 10:12.

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This Report was created 26 Jul 2017 - 21:22:55 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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