Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Giles's Church, Coberley (1) (51k) St Giles's Church, Coberley (2) (75k) St Giles's Church, Coberley (3) (79k) St Giles's Church, Coberley (4) (67k) St Giles's Church, Coberley (5) (102k) St Giles's Church, Coberley (6) (57k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of John Williams
St Giles's Church, Coberley
St Giles's Church,
Coberley Village,
Coberley, 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 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

St Giles is a simple church, but very little remains of the original building except for the 14th century chapel and the porch and tower of the perpendicular period. It is thought that the original foundations were Norman, but in 1870 a beautifully carved Saxon cross was found in the churchyard.

The Perpendicular tower houses 3 bells which are no longer in a fit state to ring.

The south chapel was built and endowed by Sir Thomas de Berkeley about 1340.

The most important monument in the church depicts a knight in armour and his lady. They are Sir Thomas de Berkeley, dressed in the armour he wore at the Battle of Crecy (1346), and his wife Lady Joan. Sir Thomas died in 1350 and his widow subsequently married Sir William Whittington of Pauntley. She had 3 sons by her second marriage, the youngest being Richard, better known as "Dick" Whittington, "thrice Lord Mayor of London". A small memorial beside it is thought to be a child of Sir Thomas and Lady Joan.

To one side of the communion table is a heart burial monument - the only one of its kind in the Cotswolds. The heart is of Sir Giles Berkeley, father of Sir Thomas, who fought in the Crusades. He died, and was buried in 1295 in Little Malvern, but his heart was brought 'home' to be buried at Coberley. His favourite charger, Lombard is also reputedly buried in the churchyard, opposite the heart burial. [Source: John Williams, from a church leaflet, and Rosemary Lockie, from Arthur Mee's The King's England - Gloucestershire]

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 SO9655715826. 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 20 Apr 2013 at 11:05.

Search for other Places of Worship in Gloucestershire

Search Tips:

You can specify either a Place, or OS Grid Reference to search for. When you specify a Place, only entries for that place will be returned, with Places of Worship listed in alphabetical order. If you specify a Grid Reference, Places of Worship in the immediate vicinity will be listed, in order of distance from the Grid Reference supplied. The default is to list 10, but you can specify How Many you want to see, up to a maximum of 100.

You can further refine your search by supplying other search terms.

Please note the above provides a search of selected fields in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database on this site (churchdb.gukutils.org.uk) only. For other counties, or for a full search of the Database, you might like to try the site's Google Custom Search, which includes full webpage content.

Further Information

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no affiliation with the churches or congregations themselves, nor is it intended to provide a means to find places of worship in the present day.

For current information you should contact the place of worship directly.

Do not copy any part of this page or website other than for personal use or as given in our Terms and Conditions of Use.

You may wish to take a look at our About the Places of Worship Database page for an overview of the information provided, and any limitations which may be present.

This Report was created 22 Jul 2017 - 18:12:07 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 4 Jul 2017 at 10:50.

URL of this page: http://churchdb.gukutils.org.uk/GLS149.php
Logo by courtesy of the Open Clip Art Library