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St Anne's Church, Siston
St Anne's Church,
Siston Lane,
Siston, 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 about 1090, and we understand it is still open.

Quoting from a "Warmley Historical Timeline 1086-1999 in Paul Townsend's Flickr Photostream, "1100 (circa) - St Anne's Church at Siston was built on the site of a five hundred year old celtic temple".

The possibility of a Celtic temple is also included in the description of St Anne's Church in the booklet Life in Siston and Warmley, 1894-1994 (p.76), published in 1994 on the centenary of the creation of its Parish Council. To quote briefly from the description:

"St Anne's, in the heart of Siston village, has stood on this site for nearly one thousand years and may even have been established four or five hundred years earlier as a Celtic temple …
The leaded font inside Siston Church has been dated to the reign of William Rufus (1087-1100), the son of William the Conqueror. The Tympanum in the South Porch depicts the Tree of Life and is thought to have been carved around 1090 A.D."

As far as I can tell, the booklet is out of print, but it is available for download, on Siston Parish Council website.

The description in Kelly's Directory of 1923 is of "an ancient building of stone in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch with Norman doorway, and a western tower, with pinnacles, containing 6 bells". There is a leaden font of Norman date. Six of the windows are stained. In 1907 the floor of the nave was lowered and a block floor laid, and an organ chamber built; three stained glass windows were also added - all at the cost of J.E. Rawlins esq. of Syston Court. Syston Court is "a fine stone mansion in the Elizabethan style". According to the British Listed Buildings website, the core at the heart of the present building dates from the late 16th century.

The aforementioned font is believed to be one of six cast from the same mould. Others are at Oxenhall, Tidenham, Frampton on Severn, Sandhurst, and Lancaut, the latter now in the Lady Chapel in Gloucester Cathedral.

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 ST6885575233. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Resources

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 Siston, 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.

Information last updated on 25 Nov 2018 at 14:16.

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This Report was created 10 Nov 2019 - 22:23:08 GMT from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 14 Jun 2019 at 13:31.

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