Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Hartpury
St Mary the Virgin's Church,
Park Road,
Hartpury, Gloucestershire.


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 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] This photograph was taken during the refurbishment of The Old Chapel (the building in the right foreground). It is in the process of being converted into a Community Hall under the auspices of the Hartpury Historic Buildings Trust. [That is what the signs on the side of the building say!][1]

[Image 2] St Mary the Virgin's Church forms a delightful group with a medieval Tithe Barn, Manor House, and former Roman Catholic Convent Chapel (all locked). Unusually there is a medieval openwork wooden porch to the west of the tower. Here is an amazingly targetted tourist attraction (the group of buildings), with leaflets, good signing and a real feel of having been somewhere special.[2]

[Image 3] St Mary's has a large broad Norman nave to which a large spacious 14th century chapel and a west tower have been added. The tower east wall is the former west wall of the church, although disappointingly without an ornate doorway. One stands on the south side of the nave - possibly reset? There is a huge ancient chest in the chancel, yet the feel of size does not come across in the photo I took. Wishy-washy not modern nor traditional glass, but an otherwise beautifully traceried east window.[2]

[Image 4] This huge ancient chest is in the chancel.[2]


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 is located at OS grid reference SO7806023642. 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 Hartpury, 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.

2. Information provided by Phil Draper.

Information last updated on 27 Apr 2011 at 00:00.

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This Report was created 28 Aug 2021 - 11:03:41 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 27 Mar 2021 at 10:54.

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