Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Peter's Priory, Frocester (24k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
St Peter's Priory, Frocester
St Peter's Priory,
Peter's Street,
Frocester, Gloucestershire.


This Church 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 1150, but we understand it was closed in 1952.

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] As the name suggests, “Frocester” was a Roman town, and indeed it has been suggested that St Peter's church is on, or close to the site of the Roman occupation, now some distance from the present settlement of Frocester. A reference in 1313 to an “old minster”[1] at Frocester further suggests it was a place of some importance, and a tradition recorded in the 15th century states that a college of secular priests once resided here. The earliest reference for a church is c.1150, when it had parochial rights over Nympsfield, and it may also have served Coaley parish too.

A century or so later, in 1282, a chapel of ease was founded within Frocester village, dedicated to St Andrew. Between 1677 and 1691 this was rebuilt on a new site, and over the years the chapel co-existed with St Peter until the latter's demolition in 1952, during which time services have varied between being held exclusively in one or other building - or during some time periods, in both. Traditionally, of course, marriages would have taken place in the “mother” church, though even as early as 1600, the chapel of St Andrew is known to have being used for some marriages. So if you have an ancestor who was baptised, or married at Frocester, the service could have taken place in either building - though fortunately, there has only ever been one set of parish registers.

The most notable attempt to restore St Peter's Church was in 1849, to a design of Francis Niblett. The part of the church remaining owes its appearance largely to his design.

[1] The Victoria County History of Gloucestershire, Volume 10 (1972), pp.175-177 (Frocester: Churches).[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 was located at OS grid reference SO7710303276. 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 Frocester, 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 24 Oct 2010 at 15:22.

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