Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St John the Baptist's Church, Chipping Sodbury (1) (38k) St John the Baptist's Church, Chipping Sodbury (2) (34k) Above Photograph(s)
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St John the Baptist's Church, Chipping Sodbury
St John the Baptist's Church,
Wickwar Road, BS37 6BQ,
Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire.


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 1284, and we understand it is still open.

St John the Baptist's Church belongs to the Sodbury Vale Benefice, which also includes St Adeline (Little Sodbury), St James the Elder (Horton) and St John the Baptist (Old Sodbury)

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] “The Chapel of Ease [of Chipping Sodbury] was dedicated by the Bishop of Worcester in 1284 to St John the Baptist (SMR 7637; DoE 1983: 5/158). The original chapel was much smaller than the present church. It did not have a tower, but probably had a small bellcote or turret and was built in early English style”.[1]

[1] Avon Extensive Urban Survey, Archaeological Assessment Report - Chipping Sodbury (PTE070133.pdf), available (in 2011) on South Gloucestershire Council website.[1]

[Image 2] Once upon a time, Yate was a smallish village, and Chipping Sodbury a pleasant market town situated to north-east of Bristol.

Yate is a typical 1960s town, housing estates of concrete and glass boxes, whereas Chipping Sodbury retains its attractive wide Cotswold High Street, with its collection of small retailers and businesses. The old medieval parish church of St John the Baptist should tower over its high street, yet it doesn't, despite the very tall and slim tower.[2]


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.


This Church is located at OS grid reference ST7275682303. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Chipping Sodbury, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

2. Information provided by Phil Draper.

Information last updated on 10 Jan 2019 at 16:04.

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This Report was created 28 Sep 2021 - 18:53:39 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 27 Mar 2021 at 10:54.

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