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St Michael & All Angels Church, Poulton
St Michael & All Angels Church,
Cricklade Street,
Poulton, 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 1874, and we understand it is still open.

Poulton was formerly in Wiltshire, but was annexed to Gloucestershire by Acts of 2 & 3 William IV, and 7 & 8 Vict. (1844). An older parish church stood about half a mile from the village, but according to Kelly's Directory of 1923 it was pulled down "in consequence of its dilapidated condition", and a new church erected closer to the village, partly with materials from the early church. This is "a building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, vestry and a western turret containing 3 bells" and providing sittings for 290 persons.

The early church is described in the Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Bath & Bristol, 1856, as "an old building, with a tower and chancel, situated a short distance from the village". It was originally the church to Poulton Priory, becoming the parish church after the Dissolution. Its churchyard remained in situ, when a new burial ground was created adjacent to the new church, but only a few of the tombs now remain in their original positions, as most of the grave markers and headstones were removed to the edges of the churchyard in the later 20th century.

There are parish registers dating from 1695 for the combined churches; and there is more information on Poulton Priory elsewhere in this database. [Sources: Kelly's Directory (1923), and English Heritage's database PastScape]

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] Another pictureseque village but the church is disappointingly a 19th century rebuilding (1873-74) with nave, an interesting west triple bellcote, south porch, north aisle and chancel. Quite large but dull. A surprise to discover that the architect was William Butterfield.[1]

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 SP0989900702. 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.

Acknowledgements

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

1. Information provided by Phil Draper.

Last updated on 21 Feb 2013 at 11:12.

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