Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Lawrence's Church, Sandhurst
St Lawrence's Church (link to Church's website)
Sandhurst Lane,
Sandhurst, 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 Saxon period, and we understand it is still open.

St Lawrence's Church is a Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 says the Church of St Laurence is of Saxon foundation, was restored and enlarged in 1858 and is "an edifice of stone in the Late Pointed style". It consists of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 8 bells. The font is leaden and of the twelfth century. In 1920 a stained glass window, with figures of St George and St Alban, was placed in the rear of the pulpit and a stone tablet erected on the wall in memory of the 12 men of the parish who were killed during the Great War, 1914-1918; their names are inscribed on the tablet. There are 250 sittings.

The leaden Font, as described in the Victoria County History website work-in-progress for Gloucestershire Volume 13, is one of 6 in Gloucestershire cast from the same mould. The bowl is decorated with eleven compartments containing five seated figures and six foliated scrolls. The others are at Frampton on Severn, Lancaut (now in the Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral), Oxenhall, Siston, and Tidenham.

Kelly reports that the soil in some parts is a sandy loam, in others a stiff clay, with a subsoil of blue lias, but the low-lying land on the banks of the river Severn known as Sandhurst meadows, is a rich, deep alluvial deposit, and very liable to floods.

Understandably, flooding remains an issue. In the 1960s, a regular means of navigation during winter flooding was to paddle along the lanes by canoe!

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 SO8278723328. 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 20 May 2013 at 10:15.

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