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St Thomas à Becket's Church, Pucklechurch
St Thomas à Becket's Church,
Westerleigh Road / Abson Road,
Pucklechurch, 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 13th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Pucklechurch as a parish and village, 3 miles east from Mangotsfield station on the Bristol and Birmingham section of the Midland railway, 8 north-east from Bristol, and 5 south from Chipping Sodbury. The church of St Thomas the Martyr is "an ancient building of stone in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, porch and tower with pinnacles containing a clock and 6 bells". There are mural monuments to the Dennis and Ridley families, and two canopied tombs with carved effigies of a male and a female, clad in flowing robes. Four of the windows are stained, and include one to the Rev. Canon Thomas Boucher Coney M.A. for 45 years vicar of this parish, 1839-84. There are 300 sittings. The parish registers date from 1590. The living was then a vicarage, with the parish of Abson annexed, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Wells, and had been held since 1922 by the Rev. Rupert Edward Lewis M.A. of Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Also mentioned was an income of £12, derived from the rents of two cottages, given by Mrs. Attwell, which was applied yearly in apprenticing poor boys. There were two coalpits, and in a field at the back of the Star inn "formerly stood the palace of the Saxon kings, where King Edmund I. was slain by Leofa or Leolf" (a robber) at a banquet in A.D. 946.

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 ST6992576530. 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 13 Jan 2014 at 08:20.

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