Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St George's Church, Hampnett (1) (127k) St George's Church, Hampnett (2) (77k) St George's Church, Hampnett (3) (111k) St George's Church, Hampnett (4) (107k) St George's Church, Hampnett (5) (126k) Above Photograph(s)
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St George's Church, Hampnett
St George's Church,
Riddle Street,
Hampnett, 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 1125, and we understand it is still open.

Hampnett is a Cotswold stone gated village about half a mile off the busy A40. It has a wonderful Norman church, with almost unique wall painting, in medieval style. The nave and chancel date from 1125, with an extension to the south side, a tower, and south porch added in the 15th century.

Inside however is the church's most spectacular feature. The walls and ceiling of the chancel are covered with a the russet-coloured stenciling, in a recreation of medieval artwork. This dates from 1868, and is the work of the Rev. William WIGGIN, the parish's incumbent at that time. There is however some doubt whether he painted the walls himself, though he claimed to have done so in the Cotswold Church Monthly of April 1892. A more probable scenario, suggested by the information leaflet available inside the church is that it was by the Bristol firm of stained glass makers, Clayton and Bell.

The villagers of the time did not welcome the paintings, and a fund was set up to pay for their removal (or cover-up with whitewash), but fortunately for us in the 21st century, the amount raised was insufficient to complete the task, and all, or most of the painting have been retained intact.

The painting and decoration also extends to the pipes of the organ, and to the chancel window recesses.

Needless to say, the church is a Grade I Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for further details. Further information, and more photographs, may also be available on the website of St Peter & St Paul, Northleach (St George is one if its Benefice Churches).

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 SP1003415688. 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 Hampnett, 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.

Information last updated on 24 Jan 2019 at 13:55.

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This Report was created 28 Nov 2019 - 14:58:11 GMT 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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