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St Mary's Church, Almondsbury
St Mary's Church,
Church Road / Sundays Hill,
Almondsbury, 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 St Mary's Church as "an ancient cruciform building of stone, principally in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, north and west porches, and a central tower with spire, containing a clock and 8 bells, rehung in 1902 at a cost of £270, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the late Queen Victoria". The east window is a memorial to Dr. Robert Gray, bishop of Bristol 1827-1834. The porch is Norman, and has a priest's chamber over it containing a fine chest in good preservation. The whole of the chancel is Early English. The original Norman nave was removed in 1834, when the present nave was substituted. In 1891, three memorial windows were put in to the memory of Sholton Vere Hare esq.

In the present day, St Mary's is a Grade I Listed Building - the British Listed Buildings website account dates it late 12th century, with 13th century tower, constructed of Purbeck marble, with a cruciform plan, the central tower having a "fine lead broach spire and cross finial". Besides other monuments it also mentions one to Hugh Ivy - 1630, pointed stone with rosettes and shield, and a slate tablet to Catherine Parrott, 1781.

The parish of Almondsbury formerly included the tithings of Hempton and Patchway, Over and Lower Tockington, Gaunt's Earthcott and Lea, but these divisions were abolished in March 1895. Kelly's Directory of 1923 also mentions "East Compton" (Easter Compton) then being within the parish, which might explain why, at the same time, Compton Greenfield parish had only 7 houses, with 19 occupants in the 1911 census!

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 3] The Inscriptions read:

To / the Men of / Almondsbury
who gave / their lives / in the
Great War
19141918
Reginald F. BISSRobert H. POWELL
Richard C. CHESTER-MASTER, D.S.O.James G. PRICE
Sidney CLARKReuben PRICE
Howard COOKAugustus E. REED
Oswald DELBRIDGEArthur J. REYNOLDS
Henry T. DYERFrederick G. REYNOLDS
George E.H. GASTRELLOliver W. ROBBINS
Henry W. GOODDENWilfred ROBBINS
Arthur C.J. HARRISWilliam F. ROBBINS
George E. HARRISONMaurice E. RUGMAN
Ernest H. HERBERTJohn W. SAVAGE
Alfred H. HICKSHenry SAVAGE
Jack KNAPPWilfred R. SAVAGE
Arthur W. LANGMANHoward G. SMART
William C. LIPPIATTHenry THEOBALD
George POWELLThomas WILLIAMS
Jesse POWELL, M.M.W. Samuel F. YARD

In Honoured Memory of the Men of this Parish
who gave their lives in the War of 1939-45
Albert . Edward . BISHOP .
Victor . Nigel . CAPLE .
John . Frederick . GILES .
Philip . James . HILL .
John . Alexander . MACKENZIE .
Frank . Thomas . Albert . PHILLIPS .
Reginald Godfrey PRITCHARD .
Peter . Herbert . RAYNER .
Sidney . Charles . WOODWARD .
Their gave their [Todays] for your Tomorrows.[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 ST6034684081. 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. Transcription provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 2 May 2013 at 09:49.

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