Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Church of All Hallows, South Cerney
Church of All Hallows,
Church Lane,
South Cerney, 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 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

The Church of All Hallows (All Saints, in some sources) is a Grade I Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1923, it is "a specious edifice, consisting of chancel, nave of five bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled central tower containing a clock, presented by Mrs. Edwards, and 6 bells. The building dates from the 12th century, the doorways and chancel arch being excellent specimens of Transition Norman work. The chancel is Late Decorated, enriched throughout with the ball flower ornament, and retains sedilia and aumbry and an elaborately carved piscina ... on the west wall is a tablet inscribed to Walter Portlock, of this parish, who died in 1701, aged 100 years". There are two white alabaster tablets of ornate design on the north wall, as memorials to C.D. and E.H. Moss. In 1921 a stairway was built to the belfry as a memorial to the men of the parish killed during the Great War, 1914-18, and the year previously, a memorial cross was erected on The Green in memory of the 27 men who died.

The living was (in 1923) a vicarage with the chapelry of Cerney Wick annexed, where there is a chapel of ease, dedicated to Holy Trinity.

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 2] Much of the church is over restored and the south aisle is Victorian, its arcade copying that opposite and the south wall has a fantastically-rich reset Norman doorway. This level of ornamentation occurs again in the Transitional Norman tower arches and in the Decorated 14th century work in the chancel, the east window with tracery enriched by ballflower inside and outside.[1]

[Image 3] I was greatly surprised at the size of South Cerney, almost a small town, but off the main roads. The church too is large, with a central tower, which once carried a stone spire which was struck by lightning in 1857 and never rebuilt, although the guidebook does have an early photograph showing the spire.[1]

[Image 4] The south wall has this fantastically-rich reset Norman doorway. Jarring outside in its newness is a toilet block where one might expect a north transept, but with diaper traceried windows and a similar patterning in the gable end.[1]

[Image 5] The chancel has an unusual male-head corbel placed just east of the ogee headed priests door, and an angle double piscina with shelf vault and openwork canopy of foliage incorporating another male head.[1]

[Image 6] The remarkable [Ed: and very modern-looking!]  head and foot from a 12th century wooden crucifix are long gone off on “loan” to the British Museum, but these replicas made from resin now repose in a recess under the tower.[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 SU0499497342. 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 South Cerney, 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 27 Jan 2019 at 15:40.

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