Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Peter's Church, Clearwell (1) (24k) St Peter's Church, Clearwell (2) (38k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Peter's Church, Clearwell
St Peter's Church,
Church Street,
Clearwell, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church does 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 1866, and we understand it is still open.

The ecclesiastical parish of Clearwell was formed in 1856, from the civil parish of Newland. St Peter's Church was designed in 1866 by John Middleton of Cheltenham for the Countess of Dunraven, the owner of nearby Clearwell Castle (a large 18th century mansion). The old church, which it replaced was on a separate site. It had been rebuilt in 1829, to a design by G.V. Maddox of Monmouth); but following its closure it was rebuilt, again to a design by Middleton, and is now the mortuary chapel for Clearwell Cemetery.

At least I think that's the history.

[Sources: Mike Salter's Parish Churches of The Forest of Dean (1990), and Trade Directories of Gloucestershire provided by Cathie Bennett]

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] Here was a revisit - it just was alongside the road, and I haven't been here with a digital camera before. Fancy Victorian by one of the greatest (in my opinion) but lesser-known architects John Middleton, who did a lot of work in Cheltenham. Quite a “town” church design, the tower and spire standing at the south west corner and looking almost like an afterthought![1]

[Image 2] Inside banded red Forest stone and Bath stone create an unusual effect for the arcades and Chancel Arch. Here is a case for not using flash, the stone appears white, whereas it is in reality an intense cream colour. Lush carving to the capitals, and typically Middleton getting larger and most elaborate in the chancel.[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 SO5713107975. 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 30 Apr 2011 at 13:27.

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