Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Andrew's Church, Frocester (41k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
St Andrew's Church, Frocester
St Andrew's Church (link to Church's website)
Peter's Street / Bath Road,
Frocester, 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 before 1282, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Frocester as a small pleasant village and parish with a station on the Bristol and Birmingham section of the Midland railway, 11 miles south from Gloucester, 2 south-west from Stonehouse, and 5 west from Stroud. St Andrew's Church was then described as a chapel of ease of the Church of St Peter, "which anciently formed part of the buildings of Frocester Court, [and] was removed to its present site between 1676 and 1691 by the gift of Anne, Dowager Baroness Brooke". The oak ceiling has the initials "E.W." on the cornice and the date "1637" when the chancel was restored by Sir Robert Ducie, Lord Mayor of London. It was said to consist of chancel, nave and a small bell gable over the chancel arch containing one bell, bearing the inscription "Come away, make no delay, 1719"; and have sittings for 126 persons.

Since then, St Peter's Church, which Kelly described as situated one mile from the village, has been declared redundant, with only the tower, and graveyard remaining; and St Andrew is now the parish church. In the present day, it is one of the "Cotswold Edge" group of parishes, which also includes Eastington, Haresfield, Moreton Valence, Standish, and Whitminster.

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 Andrew's is now the main parish church of Frocester, though it was formerly a chapel-of-ease to the old church of St Peter, which is now in ruins. There is a very interesting account of their joint history in the Victoria County History series, available online on the British History Online - Frocester: Churches website, which dates this former chapel to a rebuild between 1677 and 1691.[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 SO7848503215. 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. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 24 Oct 2010 at 15:32.

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