Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Church, Rudford
St Mary's Church,
Church Lane,
Rudford, 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 1066, and we understand it is still open.

A delightful Norman Church built on a site "probably used for Christian worship for at least 1200 years", though the present church may have been built around the Norman Conquest. The chancel arch is the Norman original, and by all appearances from the third of the accompanying photographs, the south doorway may be also. The east window is probably also 12th century, though unfortunately, its external stonework suffered some damage during the Civil War, as the church supported the Royalist cause. Rudford belongs to a united Benefice with the formal name of "Highnam, Tibberton with Rudford, and Taynton". More information may be available on the Holy Innocents Church, Highnam website.

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] St Mary's can be found at the end of ever narrower, increasingly less-tarmaced no-through road. It is a delightful Norman chapel, the nave short and tall, the chancel lower and vaulted in two bays. Original windows abound, but there are later medieval insertions in the south walls of both and in the centre of the west front.[1]

[Image 2] The west door once unlocked seemed to have a life of its own in deciding who to allow access in or out or not........... sticking some six inches ajar - it would not let me back in for ages and my companion could not get out![1]


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 SO7797621712. 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 Rudford, 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 Phil Draper.

Information last updated on 18 Sep 2018 at 10:16.

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This Report was created 30 Jul 2021 - 03:26:53 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 27 Mar 2021 at 10:54.

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