Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Holy Cross Church, Avening
Holy Cross Church,
Church Road,
Avening, 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 1080, and we understand it is still open.

In 1050 Brittric of Avening, then Lord of Gloucester, was sent by Edward the Confessor to be his ambassador to Baldwin, Count of Flanders. Whilst he was there, he met a young woman named Matilda, who was later to become the wife of William the Conqueror.

Matilda was enamoured of Brittric, but he rejected her advances. As a consequence, when William became King of England, she persuaded him Brittric should be dispossessed of the manor of Avening, and Brittric was thrown into prison at Worcester - where subsequently he died.

Matilda and William then took over Avening Court for themselves, and whilst they were in residence, superintended the building of a church, which was consecrated 14th September 1080 (Holy Cross Day).

Many features survive from the church's Norman origins - the north aisle, one chancel arch and the main north door, with the vaulting of the chancel and the roof of the nave also being worthy of note.

The north transept chapel houses a monument to Henry BRYDGES. Although the monument doesn't mention it he was in fact a "privateer", robbing rich galleons, but was pardoned by James I.

The above information is a summary of an account formerly at the Holy Cross Church web site, www.holycross.co.uk, which sadly is no longer active.

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 ST8796497999. 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 12 Jan 2012 at 13:58.

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