Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Church of the Holy Rood, Ampney Crucis (1) (38k) Church of the Holy Rood, Ampney Crucis (2) (32k) Church of the Holy Rood, Ampney Crucis (3) (41k) Church of the Holy Rood, Ampney Crucis (4) (26k) Above Photograph(s)
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Church of the Holy Rood, Ampney Crucis
Church of the Holy Rood,
Ampney Crucis Village,
Ampney Crucis, 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 the Saxon period, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 tells us that the church of the Holy Rood, or Sanctæ Crucis, is a building of stone in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells. Inside, are several tablets to the Pleydell and Blackwell families, and eight stained windows, the east window being a memorial to Mrs. Elizabeth Dunn, and there are others to the Gifford family. In the churchyard is a cross, said to have been erected by Abbot Parker about 1410-1415. It is 13 feet high, with four niches in the head, flanked by "richly carved buttresses", containing sculptured figures representing the Virgin and Child, a crucifix, with figures of the Holy Virgin and St John on either side, St Lawrence in deacon's garb holding a gridiron, and Robert Fitzhamon, the donor of the cross.

The Church is Grade I Listed, and said by the British Listed Buildings website to be of Saxon foundation. The Churchyard Cross is mentioned as a separate item, of which the site says the head had been hidden in the old stair to the rood tower, but was rediscovered in 1860, and replaced in its original position. Also Listed are remains of a medieval roadside cross, with "two large square steps, square base chamfered towards top and partly held together by iron cramps, with approximately 0.70m of shaft remaining".

Following the "Crucis" theme, another cross, on the outskirts of the village, was erected in 1920 as a War Memorial, which in Kelly's Directory of 1923 was said to commemorate "the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18". Since then, the names of those who died in WWII have been added. There is a transcription of the names on Stuart Flight's website of Gloucestershire Genealogy.

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 2] The north transept has a large canopied tomb with recumbent effigies and a host of kneeling children in panels below.[1]

[Image 3] The largest of the three Ampneys, with an aisleless cruciform church and proud west tower. In the churchyard is a medieval cross with a fine head carved on all four sides, including a scene of the Crucifixion.[1]

[Image 4] The north transept has these medieval wall paintings, largely in the splays of the large lancet windows, but those that were once in the nave only survive in framed cartoons.[1]

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 SP0650701896. 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.

Acknowledgements

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

1. Information provided by Phil Draper.

Last updated on 20 Feb 2013 at 09:32.

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