Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Lawrence's Church, Stroud (49k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Lawrence's Church, Stroud
St Lawrence's Church,
Church Street / The Shambles, GL5 1AP,
Stroud, 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 1304, and we understand it is still open.

Stuart Flight's website tells us this was Stroud's original parish church, "originating from a chapel mentioned in the ancient Composition of 1304, the old church was demolished in 1866, the last service being held there on Sunday, July 8th, 1866". A new church, incorporating the old tower, was built on the same site, designed by architects Wilson and Wilcox of Bath. During the construction of the church the congregation had met in a tabernacle on Slad Rd.

St Lawrence's is now a Listed Building, for which see the British Listed Buildings website; and the notes on <Stroud Genealogy on Stuart Flight's "Glosgen" website may also be of interest.

Old Maps show it had a graveyard to the north of the church on OS 1884 1:500 Town Plan, and then later on OS 1936 1:2,500 an area surrounding the church on the south and west was also marked as a graveyard. The latter is now a park, overlooking Landsdown.


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 SO8522805270. 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 Stroud, 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 8 Nov 2018 at 17:11.

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This Report was created 22 Sep 2020 - 00:52:40 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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