Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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The Blessed Virgin St Mary's Church, Great Witcombe
The Blessed Virgin St Mary's Church,
Great Witcombe, 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 in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

The Church of the Blessed Virgin St Mary is a Grade I Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

It now belongs to the United Benefice known as "The Greenway Parishes", comprising the parishes of Badgeworth, Shurdington, and Witcombe with Bentham.

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 5] The Blessed Virgin Mary at Great Witcombe is a strange little building - norman nave and chancel, a fine late Perpendicular north aisle, an 18th century west tower, classical in detailing and Gothic in overall appearance.[1]

[Image 6] Nothing of top-notch interest, but a most unusual entrance here on the south side of the nave.[1]

[Image 7] Norman nave and chancel, and fine late Perpendicular north aisle. It was open, and indeed had a little stall for the Historic Churches Preservation Trust at the east end of the aisle.[1]

[Image 8] Here is an odd-looking Pulpit.[1]

[Image 9] Another view of the interior, showing the outer chevron decoration surrounding the plain inner archway to the Chancel. The Norman Nave and Chancel Arch, and late Perpendicular north Aisle may be sufficient for St Mary to merit its Grade I Listed status.[2]

[Image 10] This close-up photograph shows a date on the Sundial of 1752, contemporary with the three-stage tower, which according to the British Listed Building website was built 1749-52 by Masons John Bryan of Painswick and Joseph Bryan of Gloucester.[2]

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 SO9106214792. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Resources

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 Great Witcombe, 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.

Acknowledgements

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 9 Sep 2012 at 11:09.

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This Report was created 10 Sep 2019 - 18:59:50 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 14 Jun 2019 at 13:31.

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