Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Bartholomew's Church, Churchdown (1) (26k) St Bartholomew's Church, Churchdown (2) (30k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Bartholomew's Church, Churchdown
St Bartholomew's Church (link to Church's website)
Churchdown Hill, GL3 2LG,
Churchdown, 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 1175, and we understand it is still open.

Details of St Bartholomew's Church History are available on St Andrew's and St Bartholomew's Churches website. It is a Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details.

It stands on what the Directories might call a "lofty eminence", with amazing views over the surrounding countryside, and somewhat isolated now from the village below. The church's website proposes that the site has had a ritual or military significance, dating perhaps from the Bronze Age or even earlier.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes it as "an edifice of stone in the Norman and Late Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, north porch with parvise and an embattled western tower with pinnacles containing 5 bells". The following inscription remains on the inside wall of the tower: "This belhows [bell house] was byyldede in the year of our Lode God 1601". The font consists of a deep octagonal panelled basin, relieved by crocketed niches in each panel, and supported on a concave panelled shaft, with a wide flat base of the same shape. Some of the pews are elaborately carved. The parish records date from 1563.

Kelly describes Churchdown's other church as "St Andrew, in the Vale", built 1903-4. It has now superseded St Bartholomew as the parish church, being rededicated to "St Andrew and St Bartholomew", but the older St Bartholomew's, and its Graveyard, are still in use; with services currently (2013) being held on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month.

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 SO8823919102. 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 17 Aug 2013 at 07:25.

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