Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Saviour's Church, Coalpit Heath
St Saviour's Church (link to Church's website)
Badminton Road,
Coalpit Heath, 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 1845, and we understand it is still open.

Coalpit Heath, including the hamlet of Nibley, was created an ecclesiastical parish in 1845, from the parishes of Westerleigh and Frampton Cotterell. Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes St Saviour's Church as "a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, south porch and a small western tower containing 5 bells". The parish register dates from 1845.

At the time of the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/331/1/1/1), the date of consecration was given as 9th October 1845, and it was said to have been built as an additional church, "chiefly by the Lords of the Manor of Westerleigh". There was seating for 500, but on March 30th, only 49 worshippers attended morning service, and 78 in the afternoon, with 66 and 58 Sunday Scholars, respectively. However, the Curate, Wm. R. Lawrence remarked that "the congregation during the winter months is bad in consequence of the church being damp & no means of warming it. In summer the church fills well".

The Church was designed by William Butterfield. The first plan he submitted did not please the Church Building Society's architect, J.H. Good, to which Butterfield responded "I really do not understand Mr. Good's objection. I can only suppose that he has never examined our old churches, from which source alone information and experience in such matters can be obtained". So Mr Butterfield wanted a traditional church, whereas perhaps Mr Good wanted a more modern design? Apparently it was Butterfield's first Anglican commission - see St Saviour's Church, and the British Listed Buildings website (with Westerleigh) for more details.

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 ST6737480759. 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 7 May 2013 at 09:57.

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