Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton
Holy Trinity Church (link to Church's website)
Bell Lane,
Minchinhampton, 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 before 1087, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Minchinhampton as a parish on the road from Cirencester to Gloucester, 1 mile south from Brimscombe station on the Swindon, Stroud and Gloucester branch of the Great Western railway, and 2 miles north-east from Nailsworth terminal station of a branch from Stonehouse junction on the Bristol and Birmingham section of the Midland railway. The township included, for civil purposes, the town divisions and the hamlets of Box, Littleworth, Amberley, St Chloe, Hyde, Burleigh and part of Brimscombe, Amberley and Brimpscombe having been separate parishes in 1840.

The church of Holy Trinity is described as "a cruciform edifice of stone, in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, transepts, west porch and a central octagonal tower, with embattled parapet, pinnacles and truncated spire, containing 6 bells, and a clock with chimes and three dials, erected as a memorial of the Diamond Jubilee in 1897 of Queen Victoria". The south transept was rebuilt in 1382 by Sir John de la Mere and Maud, his wife. Various 16th century brasses are also mentioned. The parish records date from 1555. In 1923, the living was a rectory, in the gift of Lt.-Col. Henry George Ricardo, D.S.O., D.L., J.P., late R.A. and had been held since 1915 by Rev. Frederick William Sears M.A. of Keble College, Oxford.

The British Listed Buildings website records that the Church was given by William the Conqueror to the Abbaye aux Dames, Caen, passing to the nuns of Syon Abbey in 1415. "A major rebuilding occurred in C12 but no trace of this survives". The present church retains 14th century tower and transepts, but was otherwise rebuilt by Thomas Foster in 1842.

Our photographs show a difficult-to-read Boer War Memorial, and an ancient gravestone, which according to the brass plaques attached to it, formed part of the foundation of the Old Church at Minchinhampton which was removed in 1842 when the present Edifice was built. It was presented to Mr. John Chalk by the Contractor for the Work, and is presumed to have been taken from the graveyard which had existed at the time of an earlier rebuilding, in the reign of Henry III. (1216-1272), to be used as building material.

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 SO8722900812. 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 7 Jun 2014 at 05:58.

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