Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Odda's Chapel, Deerhurst (1) (31k) Odda's Chapel, Deerhurst (2) (32k) Odda's Chapel, Deerhurst (3) (34k) Odda's Chapel, Deerhurst (4) (29k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
Odda's Chapel, Deerhurst
Odda's Chapel,
off Severn Way,
Deerhurst, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel does NOT have 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 1056, and we understand it is still open.

In 1911, the antiquarian H.J.L.J. (Henri Jean Louis Joseph) Massé published an illustrated history of The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury, available elsewhere online. The booklet also includes a brief account of Odda's Chapel.

The following information about the Chapel 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] Odda's Chapel was (re)discovered in 1885 by Revd George Butterworth, Vicar of Deerhurst, hidden beneath plaster of the property it was attached to known as Abbot's Court, shown as the timber-framed building on this photograph.

It is now in the care of English Heritage and is described on its notice board as:

A small late Saxon Chapel with many characteristics associated with Anglo-Saxon construction, including long-and-short quoins (corner stones), double-splayed windows and tall proportions.”[1]

[Image 2] This space was originally the Chancel of the Chapel. The division into 2 floors is likely to be of Tudor origin, possibly contemporary with the 16th century windows, when it was used as part of the living accomodation in Abbot's Court. The outer part of this wall is black-and-white timbered.

The small amount of masonry visible just above the floorboards is a fireplace. A guide book of 1900 describing the chapel at that time says there was access to the second floor by a ladder - obviously removed now for health and safety reasons![1]

[Image 3] This Dedication stone (a facsimile!) inside Odda's Chapel is translated as:

Duke Odda ordered this Royal Hall to be built and dedicated to the honour of the Holy Trinity for the soul of his brother Ælfric, which was taken up from this place. Bishop Ealdred it was who dedicated the same on the 12th April in the 14th year of the reign of Edward, King of the English. [1056]

The original stone, discovered in 1675, is in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. At the time it was discovered it was believed to relate to the Saxon Priory Church nearby, but the discovery of this Chapel in 1885, hidden inside the Tudor Abbot's Court made this more likely.

As might be expected from the brickwork, this east wall is part of the Tudor alteration, during which time also a second floor was added for use as living accomodation.[1]

[Image 4] The Chancel arch, between the nave and chancel of Odda's Chapel - about 2 metres wide and 2.5 metres high. The wall between them is about 28 inches deep. The facsimile of the Dedication Stone can be seen through the archway.[1]


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 Chapel is located at OS grid reference SO8691629846. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 17 May 2017 at 09:53.

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