Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Flaxley Abbey, Flaxley
Flaxley Abbey   [no longer consecrated]
Abenhall Road,
Flaxley, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We don't know whether this Church 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 1148, but we understand it was closed before 1538, and the premises are now in secular use.

Flaxley Abbey was founded as a Cistercian Monastery in 1148-1154, in the valley of Castiard - according to tradition by Roger, Earl of Hereford, at the spot where his father, Miles of Gloucester, was killed whilst out hunting. Following the Dissolution, its lands and manor were granted to Sir William Kingston, whilst its gatehouse chapel became the parish church of St Mary the Virgin. Today, however, the manor and its estate are private property.

Note: Miles (Milo) is believed to have been Constable and Sheriff of Gloucester and keeper of Gloucester Castle during the time of the Civil War in the reign of King Stephen. He was created Earl of Hereford by Empress Maud (Matilda) following his revolt from the King in 1139. He was buried in the Chapter House of Llanthony Secunda Priory, in Gloucester, which he had founded in 1136. [Sources: John Williams and the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp.138-150 (Flaxley), and Revd. Thomas Dudley Fosbrooke, An Original History of the City of Gloucester (1819)]

Denomination

Now or formerly Cistercian.

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 was located at OS grid reference SO6900915415. 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 30 Dec 2014 at 13:25.

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