Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St James the Great's Church, Coln St Dennis (1) (35k) St James the Great's Church, Coln St Dennis (2) (29k) St James the Great's Church, Coln St Dennis (3) (28k) St James the Great's Church, Coln St Dennis (4) (56k) Above Photograph(s)
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St James the Great's Church, Coln St Dennis
St James the Great's Church,
Coln St Dennis Village, GL54 3YJ,
Coln St Dennis, 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.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 provides the information that "the church of St Dennis is an ancient building of stone in the Early Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 5 bells". It was restored in 1904 "under the superintendence of Mr. William Weir, architect of the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings", when the foundations were repaired and the interior of the tower rebuilt, and the work carried out "so as not to interfere with the ancient architectural features of the building".

In 1923, the living was a rectory united with that of Coln Rogers, which had been held since 1894 by the Rev. Lewis Bythesea Bubb, M.A. of Pembroke College, Oxford, who was also lord of the manor. The River Coln, from which the villages derive their names, formed the parish boundary between the two. They were merged officially in 1935 to form a civil parish of St Dennis. Today, this belongs to the joint Benefice of "Chedworth Yanworth and Stowell Coln Rogers and Coln St Denys".

In the late 13th century, Coln Dennis's church was known as St Katherine's; in the 18th century, St Dennis's, and at one time it is believed to have once borne an invocation to St Kenelm. It is unusual in retaining not only its ground-plan from the 12th century, but also the walls and central tower. It comprises chancel and narrow nave; the chancel is of two compartments, the western compartment forming the base of the tower. The church has been altered by heightening and buttressing the tower, by adding a north porch and south vestry near the west end of the nave, and by inserting new windows. [Source: the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 8: Cleeve, Deerhurst and Tibblestone, and the lower divisions of Tewkesbury and Westminster (1968), pp.28-34 (Coln St Dennis)]

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 4] The Inscription reads:

This Monument is erected at the expence of a few neighbouring Friends
in token of Esteem and Regard
To the Memory of
William Vann HADWEN, late Surgeon &c. at Northleach,
who died Octr. 26th. 1835, Aged 34.
And whose Earthly Remains lie buried at his own Request, under the Shade of this Yew Tree.[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 SP0859810934. 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. Transcription provided by Alf Beard.

Last updated on 30 Dec 2014 at 15:16.

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