Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Mary the Virgin's Church, Flaxley (1) (35k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Flaxley (2) (22k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Flaxley (3) (21k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Flaxley
St Mary the Virgin's Church (see later for their website address)
Abenhall Road, GL14 1JR,
Flaxley, 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 in 1510, and we understand it is still open.

The original foundation of this church was as the gateway chapel of the Cistercian Flaxley Abbey, which was founded in 1150. It became the parish church following the Dissolution.

The present church is a rebuilding in 1856, to a design by George Gilbert Scott, though inside are preserved monuments from the original chapel, including those to members of the Boeveys, a Dutch family, who purchased Flaxley Abbey in 1648. [Source: Rosemary Lockie, from Mike Salter's book The Parish Churches of The Forest of Dean (1990)]


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 SO6886215341. 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 Flaxley, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.
Information last updated on 17 Dec 2011 at 14:03.

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This Report was created 17 Oct 2018 - 14:07:28 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 25 Sep 2018 at 07:14.

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