Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Church, Icomb
St Mary's Church,
Icomb Village,
Icomb, 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

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, but we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes St Mary's Church as "a building of stone, chiefly in the Early English style, and consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and western tower containing 8 tubular bells". The chancel retains a piscina, and attached to the nave is a south chapel, built in the 15th century as a burial place for the Blaket family, and retaining a piscina. Beneath the south window is a recumbent effigy of Sir John Blaket, kt. (d.1431) said to have fought at the battle of Agincourt, representative in Parliament for Leicestershire 1407-10 and 1413-14, and a resident at Icomb Place.

The earliest date of architectural features provided by the British Listed Buildings website is 13th century - an arch to the south transept, and the two piscinas. One in the east wall is cinquefoil-headed; whilst one in the south wall has two trefoil-headed openings, one with a bowl the other functioning as the Credence shelf. The tower is dated as 16th century - its solid structure would (to me) suggest earlier.

Icomb Place, was according to Kelly, the old manor house, built about 1254, and remodelled c.1420 by Sir John Blaket's father. According to the British Listed Building website, it was partly demolished in the early to mid-20th century. Kelly mentions a room in the attic storey which had a ship painted on the wall; fortunately this has survived the demolition.

The Village does not appear to have had any Nonconformist Chapels. It was nevertheless a fascinating place, genealogically speaking, since it was formerly split into two parts, which were separately rated. The hamlet of Westward Icomb (671 acres) was in Gloucestershire, and the area known as Church Icomb (513 acres) was a detached part of Worcestershire. These were united in 1844, after which both hamlets were deemed to be in Gloucestershire.

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 SP2139322628. 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 14 Apr 2013 at 14:43.

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