Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Church of the Holy Ascension, Southam, Bishops Cleeve (1) (39k) Church of the Holy Ascension, Southam, Bishops Cleeve (2) (40k) Above Photograph(s)
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Church of the Holy Ascension, Southam, Bishops Cleeve
Church of the Holy Ascension,
off Southam Lane,
Southam, Bishops Cleeve, 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 before 1539, and we understand it is still open.

This little chapel was founded prior to the Reformation as a private place of worship belonging to the de la Bere Manor. It then fell into disrepair, but in about 1870, Lord Ellenborough decided to restore it as a memorial chapel for his family. His estate workers too would also have worshipped in the chapel, though it remained private until 1957, when the Diocese of Gloucester took it over.

It has, in the past, been referred to as a daughter church of St Michael & All Angels Church, Bishops Cleeve. I am not sure whether that remains true today (2018), but it is certainly part of the "Churches Together" group to which St Michael's belongs.

For a more detailed study of the village, see An Historical Account of the Hamlet and Parish of Southam, in the County of Gloucestershire (1962) in the "Local History" section of, a website celebrating the life and work of Brian Torode, Head of Elmfield Junior School in Cheltenham, from 1982 until his retirement in 1996.


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 SO9698025553. 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 Southam, Bishops Cleeve, 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 1 Nov 2018 at 13:00.

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This Report was created 19 Oct 2020 - 23:13:07 BST 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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