Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Mary the Virgin's Church, Dymock (1) (48k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Dymock (2) (40k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Dymock (3) (39k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Dymock (4) (39k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Dymock (5) (31k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Dymock (6) (34k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Dymock
St Mary the Virgin's Church,
Ledbury Road / B4215,
Dymock, Gloucestershire.


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 before 1086, and we understand it is still open.

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 2] St Mary's Church has to rank as one of the most puzzling churches I have visited. Much work is Norman (or earlier), but partial, some in the chancel, some in the nave and what looks like a formal central tower space. Yet the transepts are a bay west of this crossing space and not in alignment with each other (with odd 17th century style window where you might expect rood loft doorway) and the big broad tower (with short spire) is built onto the 14th century west wall of of the nave. Its lower broad diagonal buttresses have ornate panel tracery niches, yet the rest is plain. No west window to the tower either. Famous Norman South doorway with tympanum of Tree of Life, cuts into the earlier Norman work. Long, long interior. Not handsome, without anything special to see yet very interesting and a real puzzle.[1]

[Image 4] It has been suggested that this South Porch dates from the 13th century, although the doorway is later - 14th century. Stone shields above the doorway are so mutilated that their provenance is unrecognisable. The niche above them contains the figure of Madonna and Child, fashioned by Mr. Owen Wynniatt in 1927. Inside the porch is a Norman arched doorway, with well preserved tympanum. It is also suggested that this was carved by the same mason as at St Mary's Church, Kempley. [Ref: p.43]

Gethyn Jones, The Rev. J. E. - Dymock down the ages. Alan Sutton Publishing, Gloucester, 1966 & 1985. Too early to have an ISBN reference.[2]

[Image 5] Traditional siting of St Mary's Church viewed from the (left to right) Leominster to Gloucester B4215 road, part of which follows the Roman route.

Note: the church clock shows what time this photograph was taken - five-to-eight, on a summer's morning. A splendid time to visit, IMHO.[2]

[Image 6] One of Alf's splendid photos.[2]


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.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO7004231225. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Dymock, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Phil Draper.

2. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 12 Mar 2011 at 00:00.

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This Report was created 22 Sep 2021 - 03:03:10 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 27 Mar 2021 at 10:54.

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