Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Peter's Church, Stanway (1) (32k) St Peter's Church, Stanway (2) (34k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Peter's Church, Stanway
St Peter's Church (link to Church's website)
Stanway Village,
Stanway, 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 in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory describes St Peter's Church as "a building of stone in the Late Norman, Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 4 bells". Inside the church is a memorial to Augusta (Wemyss-Charteris), Countess of Rossmore, who died 28 July, 1940. Robert Dover, who instituted the once famous "Cotswold Hill Games" died here in 1642, and is buried in the churchyard.

On top of Stanway Hill is the Jackdaw stone quarry. Stanway House, near the church, was erected in 1626 by Sir Paul Tracey. In 1923 it was the residence of the Earl of Wemyss & March. Kelly reports that its main entrance gate was designed by Inigo Jones (1573-1652), but other sources say the architect was a local stonemason, Timothy Strong of Barrington. His was a talented family, some members of which are believed to have worked on St Paul's Cathedral. [Source: The News Magazine of Highland Perthshire - the connection being the Earl of Wemyss & March]

Listed Buildings in Stanway include Stanway House, St Peter's Church, and the War Memorial of circa 1920, by Sir P. Stott, carved by Alexander Fisher, with lettering by E. (Eric) Gill - see British Listed Buildings website for details. The site also mentions War Memorial lettering in St Peter's chancel windows, also by Eric Gill, but there is no record of the entrance gates to Stanway House being by Inigo Jones, so perhaps there is cause to question the opinion expressed by Kelly.

The PastScape is more specific, saying that the House stands on the site of an 11th cent cell of Tewkesbury Abbey, that it was later converted into an abbot's country seat, and that the gatehouse was built in the style of Inigo Jones.

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 SP0607432364. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 8 Apr 2013 at 16:40.

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