Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Swithin's Church, Quenington (1) (30k) St Swithin's Church, Quenington (2) (50k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Swithin's Church, Quenington
St Swithin's Church,
Church Road,
Quenington, 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 1100, and we understand it is still open.

St Swithin's is a small, but attractive building, with just chancel and nave, and a western turret, containing 2 bells. It is a short distance from the River Coln, which is bridged by Church Road, and adjacent to the former Preceptory of the Knights Hospitallers.

There are porches over north and south doorways, which are Norman and "much enriched", and there is one stained window. It was completely restored in 1882, largely at the expense of Viscount St Aldwyn and Sir T.S. Bazley bart. There are 150 sittings.

It is a Grade I Listed Building - the British Listed Buildings website says the tympanum over the north door represents the Harrowing of Hell, and that over the south door "may be earliest representation of the Coronation of the Virgin". It was initially dedicated to St Mary, but was rededicated to St Swithin by 1735.

The Churchyard became full early in the 20th century, and has now been cleared and put down to grass. The headstones have been preserved, and piled up against the outer walls, but unfortunately, the inscriptions are inaccessible, as the top ones are unreadable due to weathering, and the ones underneath are hidden. All burials now take place in the Cemetery, elsewhere in the village, which has its own mortuary chapel. [Other Sources: Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire (1923), and Brian Harringman]

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 SP1484103908. 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 25 Feb 2013 at 14:44.

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