Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Lawrence's Church, Taynton
St Lawrence's Church,
Tibberton Lane,
Taynton, 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 1660, and we understand it is still open.

Taynton Church is notable as having been built during the Commonwealth period. The original church was destroyed during the Civil War, and as a consequence of parishioners petition for a new church in 1647, the present chapel was founded, originally as a Presbyterian chapel on the estate of and at the expense of Mr Thomas Pury, an Alderman of Gloucester. Building was completed in 1660.

Its pulpit, and some of its fittings were transferred from (Holy) Trinity Church in Gloucester, destroyed in 1648.

Taynton belongs to a united Benefice with the formal name of "Highnam, Tibberton with Rudford, and Taynton". More information may be available on the Holy Innocents Church, Highnam website.

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 1] A rare building, a church built during the Commonwealth c1650, on a more convenient site after the original church was destroyed in the Civil War. Paid for by Parliament - if this was more convenient then it certainly is not now as it stands in near isloation between its village and Tibberton.[1]

[Image 2] Originally a plain rectangle, it received a west porch in 1815 and a chancel in 1893-4. Quite large in scale (and freezing cold inside!) it has a very pretty font like a goblet decorated with cherub heads.[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 SO7371922144. 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 Taynton, 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 18 Sep 2018 at 11:06.

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This Report was created 7 Apr 2021 - 11:13:31 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 27 Mar 2021 at 10:54.

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