Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Leonard's Church, Tortworth
St Leonard's Church,
Tortworth Road,
Tortworth, 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.

The Little Avon River passes through Tortworth parish, connecting it with Charfield to the south west, and Stone to the north west. According to Kelly's Directory of 1923, the Church of St Leonard is "a building of stone in the Late Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, aisles, north porch and a fine embattled western tower with lofty pinnacles, containing 6 bells. At the east end of the south aisle are several modern monuments, in the Cinque-Cento style, belonging to the Throckmorton family, former lords of the manor... It was entirely rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in the year 1875"

"In the churchyard is an arched stone recess with seat, surmounted by the Ducie arms, erected as a memorial to Julia, Countess of Ducie, who died in 1895. There is also an ancient stone cross, restored by a former rector. On the south wall is a tablet of Hopton Wood stone, erected to the memory of the men of this parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18".

"In this parish stands the 'Tortworth Chestnut', a famous boundary tree, the original girth of which was 60 feet; it now measures 57 feet, being much decayed on the west side... it is mentioned by Sir Robert Atkyns, and also in Evelyn's 'Sylvia', as a famous tree in the reign of King Stephen".

In the park belonging to Tortworth Court, on a hill overlooking there is a Roman camp, known as the "Bloody Acre"... remains of a vineyard, of uncertain date, are to be seen on the south side of the hill below the camp.

Tortworth Court was built between 1848 and 1853 from designs by S.S. Teulon of London, for the 2nd Earl of Ducie. It is now Leyhill Prison Officers' Training School, and Grade II Listed. [Sources: Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire (1923), and British Listed Buildings 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 2] Other photographs of St Leonard's Church are available on Phil's own website.[1]

[Image 3] Other photographs of St Leonard's Church are available on Phil's own website.[1]

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 ST7043293336. 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.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Phil Draper.

Last updated on 12 Mar 2013 at 08:18.

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