Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St John the Baptist's Church, Shipton Moyne (1) (34k) St John the Baptist's Church, Shipton Moyne (2) (36k) St John the Baptist's Church, Shipton Moyne (3) (31k) St John the Baptist's Church, Shipton Moyne (4) (37k) Above Photograph(s)
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St John the Baptist's Church, Shipton Moyne
St John the Baptist's Church,
Church Lane,
Shipton Moyne, 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 in the 14th century, and we understand it is still open.

The Church of St John the Baptist is described in Kelly's Directory of 1923 as "an edifice of stone in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, north porch, and an embattled western tower at the south-west angle containing 6 bells". In a chapel at the east end of the south aisle are several monuments to the Estcourt family. The west window is a memorial to the Right Hon. T.H.S. Sotheron-Estcourt M.P. who died in 1876. The candelabra of brass and iron were presented in memory of the Rev. Edmnd Hiley Bucknall-Estcount, rector of Eckington, Derbyshire, d.1874. The oak lectern was provided in 1911 in memory of the Rev. T.G. Golightly M.A. rector 1850-1910.

The church was rebuilt, with the exception of part of the north aisle, in 1864, under the direction of Mr. T.H. Wyatt, architect, and has 350 sittings. The parish register dates from 1570.

Shipton Moyne lines approximately on the baseline of a triangle formed by Tetbury and Westonbirt, in Gloucestershire, and Malmesbury in Wiltshire.

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] I have been meaning to revisit here for some time as I could hardly remember it apart from the massive Victorian tower with its overlarge stair turret pinnacle and vaulted entrance with memorials. It was the days of pre-digital (over 20 years ago too) and my interiors never came out. The tower stands at the south west corner, and in all honesty I thought the church was locked but one hefty last shove with the shoulder saw the heavy door open.[1]

[Image 2] The church is another by T.H. Wyatt, and the master of the banal restoration was really rather good when given a good budget to work with. The font is large butterfieldian, and the pulpit is enormous wooden with Italian bas-reliefs. However the Perpendicular north aisle of the old church survives, as does the north porch, although restored, and the south aisle is built to match.[1]

[Image 3] The chancel has three elaborate 14th century cusped ogee-arched tomb recesses decorated with ballflower, containing effigies of two knights and a lady.[1]

[Image 4] Also surviving from the earlier church is the south transeptal Escourt family chapel. It contains a large painted canopied tomb with recumbent effigies and panels with children, looking very impressive as an ensemble but with rather rustic carving and decoration. There are other good monuments from the 18th century and earlier 19th century too.[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 ST8921989616. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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 25 Apr 2013 at 15:34.

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