Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Mary Magdalene's Church, Tormarton (1) (36k) St Mary Magdalene's Church, Tormarton (2) (34k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Mary Magdalene's Church, Tormarton
St Mary Magdalene's Church (link to Church's website)
Church Road,
Tormarton, 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 of 1923 describes Tormarton as a parish and village, on the old coach road from Bath to Gloucester, bounded on the east by Wiltshire, 5½ miles south-east from Yate station on the Birmingham and Bristol section of the Midland railway, 10 north from Bath, 4 south-east from Chipping Sodbury, and 3 miles from Badminton on the Great Western railway. The church of St Mary Magdalene was described as "an ancient building of stone in the Norman and later styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, south and west porches and an embattled western tower containing one bell". Between the chancel and south aisle is a hagioscope.

In the nave is a brass with effigy and inscription, to John Ceysyll, "famulus" to Sir John Sendlow, d.1493, and in the chancel a slab of black marble, from which the brasses have been removed, to Sir John de la Rivere, c.1350, a benefactor of the church. There is also a mural monument with arms to Edward Topp, of Witton, d.1699; and a curious epitaph to Gabriel Russell, d.1663. The parish records date from 1679, and include records of baptisms and burials at West Littleton. The living was then (1923) a rectory with the chapelry of West Littleton annexed, in the gift of the Duke of Beaufort, and had been held since 1912 by the Rev. Vernon Holt M.A. of Exeter College, Oxford. The interest of £336 12s. 1d. Consols, left in 1842 by Mrs. Manning, is given in bread on 22nd Feb.

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 ST7695278848. 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 11 Jan 2014 at 09:57.

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