Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Laurence's Church, Longney (1) (42k) St Laurence's Church, Longney (2) (41k) St Laurence's Church, Longney (3) (65k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Laurence's Church, Longney
St Laurence's Church,
GL2 3SL,
Longney, 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 1087, and we understand it is still open.

"Elsi, lord of Longney until 1086 or 1087, built a church here and invited St Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, to consecrate it. A luxuriant nut-tree blocked the daylight from the church, and when Elsi said that he would rather not have the church consecrated than lose the tree the bishop cursed the tree so that it withered". So begins the History of St Laurence's Church, provided on the Benefice of Hardwicke and Elmore with Longney website, an account covering the period from then until the present day.

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 3] The Inscription reads:

Here refts ye body of Efter [Ester]
YEALFE, Daughter of Richard YEALFE
of this parish, Senr who deceafed
January ye 19th, 1695, age 37.

Note: the surname does appear to be YEALFE and not YEALSE.[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 SO7638612432. 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 Longney, 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. Transcription provided by Alf Beard.

Information last updated on 24 Jan 2019 at 14:28.

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This Report was created 29 Aug 2021 - 16:51:01 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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