Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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All Saints Church, Newland
All Saints Church,
Almshouses Road / B4231,
Newland, 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 1216, and we understand it is still open.

All Saints is often referred to as the "Cathedral of the Forest". This is not only because it is an impressive church, but because prior to the 19th century, the Royal Forest of Dean was extra-parochial, and there were no other churches. "Newland church, the rector of which was entitled under grants of 1283 and 1305 to the tithes of Whitemead and of new closes and assarts within the Forest ... was regarded as the Foresters' parish church ... and in the early 16th century one of its chantry priests was required to preach the gospel twice a week at forges and mines within the parish". The first new churches to be built were for Berry Hill (Christ Church, 1812-1816), Drybrook (Holy Trinity, 1817), and Parkend (St Paul, 1822). [Source: the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp.389-396 (Forest of Dean - Churches)]

Interestingly, though according to the above source, "a new church to serve the assarted lands that became Newland parish was founded shortly before 1216", Newland doesn't appear to have ever had its own non-conformist chapel, or rather, none is mentioned by Kelly's Directory, or is shown on Old Maps. Kelly's Directory of 1923 does however record "situated near Spout farm is an enormous oak, ascertained in 1901 to be 44 feet 2 inches in circumference at a height of 6 feet above the ground, or at one foot above the ground, 46 feet 9 inches: although quite hollow, it is still alive, and its branches are covered with foliage".

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 church is often referred to as the “Cathedral of the Forest” - Forest being the Forest of Dean.[1]

[Image 4] I have never been here before, and for some reason I thought it was in another part of the Forest, not where it is high up in the hills on the eastern side of the River Wye. This is the self-proclaimed ‘Cathedral of the Forest’, a large and most unusual church. The tower is bulky and in outline impressive with a good parapet and pinnacles to finish it all off. Yet bizarrely the bell openings are all placed a little higgledy-piggledy.[2]

[Image 5] Wide nave and equally wide aisles make the interior exceedingly spacious. This spacial feel is increased by the Victorian clerestory and steep-pitched main roof. In comparison the chancel is much lower, and the dominant east window is also 19th century and recalls the west window of Tintern Abbey in the valley below.

The church posesses a number of monuments from the 14th century onwards. Most famous is the Dean Miner brass. There is also an incised slab with the figure of an Forester - Archer, complete with bow, and probably 17th century.

In an odd outer south chapel is a standing monument to Sir Edward Probyn d.1742, and elsewhere Jenkyn Wyrall d.1457, brought in from the churchyard in 1950.[2]

[Image 6] The church posesses a number of monuments from the 14th century onwards. Most famous is the Dean Miner brass, set on an altar tomb with two more conventional brass figures of the mid 15th century[2]

[Image 7] In an odd outer south chapel - Sir Edward Probyn d.1742 - a standing monument, largely architectural and inscription, but with a rather smug-looking bust of this gentleman with long curly wig. I think the middle bit (sarcophagus to his nephew John Probyn d.1773) has been inserted between bust and epitaph. The bust is shown wearing chain of office of the Exchequer, which the inscription records he was Lord Baron of the Court of the Exchequer.[2]

[Image 8] This incised slab of a Forester, with wide brimmed hat, dating from the 17th century is to be found in the south aisle. The archer is very crudely incised, a bit of folk art really.[2]

[Image 9] Here is Jenkyn Wyrall - “Forester of Fee” d.1457 - very worn, but he was in the churchyard until 1950.[2]


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 SO5527509524. 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 Newland, 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. Information provided by Alf Beard.

2. Information provided by Phil Draper.

Information last updated on 30 Dec 2014 at 11:35.

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