Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Lawrence's Church, Lechlade (1) (35k) St Lawrence's Church, Lechlade (2) (40k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Lawrence's Church, Lechlade
St Lawrence's Church (link to Church's website)
High Street / Burford Street,
Lechlade, 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 13th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 notes that Lechlade is "a parish and market town at the confluence of the river Leach with the Thames". St John's Bridge "of two arches, one crossing the river proper and the other a backwater connected with the lock, spans the river a little more than half-a-mile from the town at a point where the counties of Gloucester, Berks, Wilts and Oxford all adjoin; this is said to be the second stone bridge that was built over the Thames, London bridge being the first; it is a quaint structure, its centre pier resting on a small island."

The church of St Lawrence, so Kelly says, is a handsome edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, erected towards the end of the 15th century, as is supposed, by Conrad Ney, then vicar, and the inhabitants. It consists of chancel, nave, aisles, north porch, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles and spire containing a clock and 6 bells. The British Listed Buildings website says it is of 13th century foundation, but was completely rebuilt in the mid to late 15th century, with clerestory and north porch added in the early 16th. Its restoration in 1882-8, for about £1,814, was by architect Mr. F. Waller of Gloucester.

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] Here is a church entirely Perpendicular in style and built from the profits of the wool trade. The tower and spire are a little apologetic in my view, the church itself is a fine example of its time.[1]

[Image 2] There are several interesting 17-19th century wall memorials, and preserved under the towers some leaded inscriptions to a succession of churchwardens removed into the church from the roofs in order to preserve them. Note: there is a church ‘watcher’ inside the church, which is open.[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 SU2149699502. 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 Phil Draper.

Last updated on 1 May 2013 at 11:21.

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