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St Mary's Church, Bitton
St Mary's Church (see later for their website address)
11 Church Road,
Bitton, 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 Saxon period, and we understand it is still open.

Bitton was the site of a very early church, according to the British Listed Buildings website. It describes St Mary's "Anglo-Saxon origins on an earlier British site", followed by its Norman remodelling, and the addition of a chapel dedicated to St Catherine in 1298-9. There is a "former porticus arch in north wall (which) gives the width of the Anglo-Saxon church".

It appears to have escaped massive reconstruction in the Victorian Era, though the "Saxon chancel arch (is) now masked by Norman chevron work of 1846", executed by the Rev H.T. Ellacombe. The nave roof, "of hammer-beam type, made from wood out of a wrecked ship (cedar boards on oak)", of 1867 was designed by H.N. Ellacombe who also designed the pew ends. It sounds a fascinating church.

St Mary's is Grade II Listed. St Catherine's Chapel is now the Lady Chapel.

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 ST6819369335. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

(NB I know the first two don't work as intended - the Jury's still out as to what to do about it...)

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 Bitton, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.
Information last updated on 1 Sep 2011 at 15:11.

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This Report was created 20 Oct 2018 - 22:43:49 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 25 Sep 2018 at 07:14.

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