Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Mary the Virgin's Church, Wotton under Edge (1) (40k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Wotton under Edge (2) (35k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Wotton under Edge (3) (38k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Wotton under Edge (4) (48k) St Mary the Virgin's Church, Wotton under Edge (5) (30k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Wotton under Edge
St Mary the Virgin's Church,
Culverhay, GL12 7LS,
Wotton under Edge, 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 1283, 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 2] St Mary's is a large church, with a fine 15th century tower and a medieval fabric of 13th century onwards mucked around in successive periods but with a predominant Georgian feel, especially inside thanks to some charming near-flat Gothick plaster vaulting.[1]

[Image 3] The proliferation of wall memorials is bewildering, yet in all honesty the best are hidden by the Victorians moving the former 18th century Organ to the east end of the south aisle.

At the east end of the north aisle is a large tomb chest with large brasses of Thomas Lord Berkeley d.1417 and his wife d.1392. She has a charming little dog nibbling at the foot of her robes, his feet taming a rather ornate lion.[1]

[Image 4] This is an organ on which Handel played. An old photo shows it placed on top of an awesome west gallery construction which had two upper floors not the usual one. It came from St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square, London, and was presented to that church by King George I.[1]

[Image 5] Spied over the south doorway is another classy monument showing Thanatos (brother of Hypnos) who in Greek Literature was the “Personification of Death” which in this case is a near naked youth slouching against an urn, a monument to the Rev William Taswell d.1775.[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 ST7602593423. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Resources

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 Wotton under Edge, 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.

Acknowledgements

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 14 Nov 2018 at 12:25.

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This Report was created 10 Jul 2019 - 15:01:43 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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