Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Swithun's Church, Hempsted (1) (57k) St Swithun's Church, Hempsted (2) (35k) St Swithun's Church, Hempsted (3) (33k) St Swithun's Church, Hempsted (4) (53k) St Swithun's Church, Hempsted (5) (43k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Swithun's Church, Hempsted
St Swithun's Church,
St Swithun's Road, GL2 5LW,
Hempsted, 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 before 1450, and we understand it is still open.

The present church was built around 1450, and replaced an earlier chapel. [Source: City of Gloucester Places of Worship on Stuart Flight's "Glosgen" website]

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] St Swithun stands on a small hill above the flood plain of the Severn, which from the look of things would be very handy in the following few days given the amount of standing water in the fields!

In addition, reached by a footpath from the churchyard is a 14th century well house, but local dog-walkers said I would need boots as it was very muddy - so will have to wait for another day.[1]

[Image 2] A simple church, with nave with south porch, central tower (like many others locally in Gloucestershire) and chancel, all late 15th century, with a touch of the 19th century in the lengthened nave and north vestry. Inside there is a Norman font, a largely medieval panelled ceiling to the nave, and the very fine Tomb of Judge Atkins[1]

[Image 3] Here is a fine tomb chest with painted effigy of Judge Atkins d.1610 in his robes, one hand clasping a scroll.[1]


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 SO8135917034. 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 Hempsted, 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 Phil Draper.

Information last updated on 8 Nov 2018 at 16:10.

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This Report was created 24 Aug 2021 - 01:57:58 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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