Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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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 British Listed Buildings website for further details.

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:

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.
Last updated on 27 Mar 2011 at 00:00.

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