Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Mary Magdalene's Church, Hewelsfield (1) (33k) St Mary Magdalene's Church, Hewelsfield (2) (32k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Mary Magdalene's Church, Hewelsfield
St Mary Magdalene's Church (link to Church's website)
Church Road,
Hewelsfield, 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 the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 records:

"The church of St Mary Magdalene, standing on an elevation of about 660 feet above the river, is an ancient building of stone of the Norman period, consisting of chancel, north transept or Gough chapel erected in 1558, nave of five bays, north aisle, south porch and a central tower containing five bells: there are sittings for 164 persons; the churchyard, entered by a lych gate, contains a venerable yew tree."

The most notable aspect of the church is the steep roof to the nave, which extends outwards over the north aisle, and south porch. This covers the earliest parts of the church - west, and south walls of the nave, and the north aisle, which date from the 12th century. However the church itself is set atop a raised flat-topped circular mound, which may imply pre-Christian origins.

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 end of the church must be the Nave, yet with the Tower at the crossing it is difficult to be sure which end of the church is which. There is a cross at the apex of the roof at the Chancel end, better seen on an accompanying photo of St Mary's Church (South View), which also gives the game away.[1]

[Image 2] An unusual and intriguing church, with Tower at the crossing, and Chancel appearing almost as large as the Nave on this photograph, although on the accompanying photo of St Mary's taken from the SW, the Nave does appear significantly longer.[1]

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 SO5676302130. 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.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 30 Apr 2011 at 18:37.

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