Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Giles's Church, Maisemore
St Giles's Church,
Church Road,
Maisemore, 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.

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 is a very pretty church, and readily accessible via a turning to the right from the main A417 road from Gloucester to Ledbury, opening up into a long tree-lined avenue at the top of which is the church.

It has a very pretty wrought iron entrance archway, leading through the churchyard to the south porch. There is a small statue of St Giles in a niche above the doorway, and above the niche is a small sundial.

The churchyard was extended in 1861, when a medieval Church House, which stood to the south east of the church, was demolished. Its residents at the time, the Morris family, then moved to Maisemore Court, which is just out of sight on this photograph, to the right of the avenue leading up to the church. The Priest's Stall, inside the church, commemorates Thomas Morris, of this family.

The premises attached to Maisemore Court apparently remained in private ownership until at least 1965, but like nearby Staunton Court, are now a Business Park.

[Information summarised from a booklet available in the church][1]

[Image 2] A date of 1636 is carved inside the Pulpit, initialled by the churchwardens of the time, Giles HURLESTON and William LITTLE. Above and to the side of it is an 18th century hourglass, possibly a reminder to the clergy of the duration of the service!

The gravestones in St Giles's Churchyard have been photographed and transcribed, and the three-volume-survey, which was completed in 1999, is available for consultation inside the church (on a table, behind you and to the left of this photograph).

My thanks to Phil Draper for ‘bailing me out’ with this photo. I would have taken one of my own, but after taking several close-ups of the inscriptions on the War Memorial, “my film ran out”. :*)[1]

[Image 3] Photographed because of the delightful figure of the Angel atop this memorial.
The Inscription on the facing side reads:-

In Loving Memory
of
Maria
Eldest Daughter of
William & Sarah WADLEY,
And Beloved Wife of
Horace T. BARNES.
Born 16th Sept. 1862,
Died 23rd Sept. 1937.
[2]

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 SO8136821658. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Resources

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 Maisemore, 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.

Acknowledgements

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

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

2. Transcription provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 27 Apr 2011 at 00:00.

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