Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Mary's Church, Cowley (33k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Mary's Church, Cowley
St Mary's Church,
Cowley Village,
Cowley, 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 about 1200, and we understand it is still open.

St Mary's Church is a Grade II Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details. Their account records that the building dates from c.1200, but was restored in 1872 by Albert Hartshorne.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes the church of "St Mary the Blessed Virgin" as "an edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells". In the chancel, within an arch in the north wall, is a tomb with a recumbent effigy of a male figure with a lion couchant at his feet; the inscription is entirely lost. On the north side of the chancel arch are spiral stairs, formerly leading to the rood loft. The interior walls of the chancel exhibit paintings, executed when the church was restored in 1872.

Stockwell and part of Birdlip were hamlets in the parish. The living had been held since 1892 by the Revd. John Hardinge Leigh Giffard Th.A.K.C.L. Cowley Manor was (in 1923) the property of Sir Ernest B. Horlick bart. lord of the manor and (then) owner of nearly the whole parish. It was described as "delightfully situated on the slope of a hill; the mansion is of stone and the pleasure grounds are beautifully laid out; a trout stream runs through the park and grounds, which also contain a series of lakes". It is now (2013) Cowley Manor Hotel.

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 SO9651514647. 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 08:24.

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