Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Michael & All Angels Church, Tirley
St Michael & All Angels Church,
Church Road,
Tirley, 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 1220, and we understand it is still open.

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] Tirley is a delightful little church - well worth a visit. The guide book suggests there was a church, or chapel on the site about 1220, when “John the Priest” witnessed a deed, and in 1221 a chaplain called Bernard held a free tenement. These are the first 2 names on the List of Incumbents inside the church.[1]

[Image 2] Yes, those are wall paintings above the Chancel arch!

Their restoration is described in the excellent guide book - written by local historian Brian Pegler - available inside the church. The book also includes an account of the history of Tirley itself. The church was known intermittently as both St Matthew's and St Michael's until the 1890s, when it became more officially St Michael.[1]

[Image 3] There are slate tablets on the wall beside the entrance (on the far left of this photograph) listing the various charitable bequests, for example Mr Joseph MILLARD gave by his Will in 1727 £5 per annum; the income from four acres of land was given by Susanna GWYN recorded in 1735; and the income from “Netherstone Leasow” (described as ‘Pasture and Orchard Groun’d) by the Misses ATWOOD of Tewkesbury in 1751.[1]

[Image 4] The colours and setting remind me of the East Window of Stow on the Wold Church! The guide book tells us this one dates from the 14th century.[1]

[Image 5] The Inscriptions read: (left to right)

Here lyeth entombed the
body of Anne TURTON widdow
late wife of William TURTON of
Westbromwich in the county of
Stafford, Gent. Daughter of Thomas
SMALLBROOKE of Birmingham in the County
of Warwick, Gent. who had issue
William Robert Job Richard
Elizabeth Sarah and Mary. Shee
departed this life ye last of Octo 1641
Aged 64.

Lye's Willm. ye Son of
George HURDMAN of
Sandpits, Gent. Grand Son of
Edwd. HURDMAN ye First Maier
of the City of Worcester. He Dy'd
August ye 5th 1684 Aged about [XX]
Also Beneath lye buried the
Body of William HURDMAN
of this Parish, Gent. he died
February 4th A.D. 1727
Aged 65 Years and
Four month[2]

[Image 6] The list reads:[2]

1220John the Priest of Tirley
1221Bernard of Tirley
1316An endowed living. First know Installation.
1522-32John PORTER
1532-51Hugh DOWSING
1568-1618Robert GLADWIN
1639-48Richard BEESTON
1653-62William BARNARD or Richard BURTON
1662-64Richard BURTON
1664-80Richard or James GITTOS
1681-1707William JELFE
1707-19Benjamin BATEMAN
1719-32Richard PARKER
1732-38William HUDDLESTON
1738-88Charles PARKER
1788-1827Charles SANDIFORD
1827-88Joseph Frederick HONE
1888-1909Robert S. TURNER
1910-27William Augustus BOYD
1927-32R.J. ROBB
1958Leslie J. STANFORD
1966Robert Anthony PERRY
1970-72William BASCOMBE
1973-81Stanley F. BOUNDS
1982-90Paul Marvin DACK
1991-2000George E. PARSONS
2002-2005Terry WILLIAMS
2005-John William FURST

[Image 7] This timber porch dates from c1600 (according to the excellent church guide book) and was restored in 1964; whilst an endowment in the Will of Capt. G.M.B. CARR in 1985 for further maintenance.[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 SO8401228547. 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 Tirley, 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 Rosemary Lockie.

2. Transcription provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 27 Mar 2011 at 00:00.

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