Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St John the Baptist's Church, Pitchcombe
St John the Baptist's Church,
A4173,
Pitchcombe, 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 1819, and we understand it is still open.

Designed in 1819 by William Franklin, St John the Baptist's Church is a Grade II Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 notes that it was rebuilt in 1819, and enlarged in 1870, and is "a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing one bell". There are five memorial windows, and a fragment of an ancient pulpit is preserved in the chancel wall. Numerous monumental tablets are grouped at the west end of the church.

In 1923, the living was a rectory, annexed to Harescombe, and had been held since 1914 by the Rev. John Alfred Armstrong M.A. of Trinity College Dublin, who was also vicar of The Edge, and resided at Harescombe.

An ancient castle is supposed to have stood on the north-east side of the church, in the vicinity of Castle farm. "Wragg Castle" (a farmhouse), like St John's Church, is a Listed Building, which their website says dates from the early 17th century. Kelly's account suggests it may have been constructed out of the ruins of the original fortress. The lord of the manor and chief landowner in 1923, who lived at Pitchcombe House, was Lieut-Col. John Caruthers Caruthers Little J.P.

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 SO8515008253. 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 10 May 2013 at 07:42.

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