Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Peter's Church, Framilode
St Peter's Church,
GL2 7LJ,
Framilode, 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 1854, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1897 records that Framilode (with Epney and Priding) was formed into an ecclesiastical parish in 1854, from the parishes of Saul, Moreton Valence, Fretherne, Arlingham, Eastington, Wheatenhurst and Standish; and is on the river Severn, the Stroudwater canal, the river Frome and the Gloucester and Berkeley canal, 6 miles from Great Western and 5 north west from Midland, Stonehouse stations, 4 west from Haresfield station on the Midland railway, and 8 south west from Gloucester.

St Peter's Church, consecrated on St Matthew's day 1854, is described as a building of stone in the Norman style, consisting of apsidal chancel, nave, porch and a tower on the south west containing one bell. There were then 400 sittings

The chief landowners were Miss Purnell of Stancombe Court (Stinchcombe), and Sir Lionel Edward Darell bart. of Fretherne Court. Several sources online say that St Peter's was built for workers on the Dar[r]ell estate, so immediately it becomes apparent which estate that was!

Like St Mary's in Fretherne, it was designed by Francis Niblett, a local architect. The description on the A Church Near You website mentions the interior decoration, which incorporates nautical motifs as befits a (tidal) riverside church and beautiful painted ceilings.

To find out more about St Peter's, and about Framilode itself (its "Parish Profile"), you may wish to visit its webpage on the website of the Severnside Benefice.

See also "Fretherne with Saul, Church of St Peter" on the British Listed Buildings website. Three Churches, Framilode St Peter, Fretherne St Mary, and Saul St James the Great, are listed under Fretherne, and St Peter's Church said to be at Upper Framilode.

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 1] St Peter's Church is in an enviable position in good weather - at the end of a no-through road, overlooking the Severn Estuary - but possibly not so attractive when the river is in flood! My Reference source says it was built originally for the workers of the Darrell estate and was consecrated in 1854.[1] Also mentioned in their account is the interior decoration, which “incorporates nautical motifs as befits a (tidal) riverside church”, and its “beautiful painted ceilings”.

Kelly's Directory of 1897 indicates that Miss Purnell of Stancombe Court, Stinchcombe, and Sir Leonard Darrell bart. of Fretherne Court, were then the chief landowners, so the connection between St Peter's Church, and the Court must have been a close one.

[1] A Church Near You - St Peter, Framilode.[1]


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 SO7500910438. 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 Framilode, 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 Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 28 Jan 2019 at 15:15.

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