Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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All Saints Church, Shorncote
All Saints Church,
off Spratsgate Lane,
Shorncote, Gloucestershire.


We don't know whether this Church 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 1170, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

Somerford Keynes and Shorncote, formerly the county of Wiltshire, were amalgamated under the name of Somerford Keynes, by Orders of Council dated 1894 and 1896, the whole of which was transferred to Gloucestershire to take effect from 1st April 1897.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 records that the church of All Saints is an ancient building of stone in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, small north chapel, south porch, and a belfry at the intersection of the nave and chancel, which originally contained 2 bells, one of which had long since disappeared. There is a memorial tablet to Richard Kemble, dated 1739, on the south wall of the nave.

The Church is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The account of All Saints on the CCT website draws our attention to its pretty double bell-cote, added in the 14th century, and a stone Royal Arms on an interior wall.

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] There isn't much to Shorncote, apart from a few cottages, and a couple of farms, which explains perhaps why the church now is vested in the Churches Conservation Trust. The church is simple, nave and chancel with a north transept and south porch. The bellcote however is something special, to house three bells, and was a feature which was to reoccur in other churches today. Norman doorways, the north blocked and the more elaborate.[1]

[Image 2] Inside are wagon roofs - ceiled and with small bosses in the chancel. Narrow early pointed chancel arch complete with 15th century screen which is in reality a pair of tall traceried gates. The chancel preserves medival wall paintings, mainly patterns and foliage. One Norman splayed window blocked and altered in the 15th century to be an Easter Sepulchre. Early 18th century pulpit with tester suspended above.[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 was located at OS grid reference SU0252996723. 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 Shorncote, 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 31 Oct 2018 at 15:55.

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