Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Margaret's Church, Alstone
St Margaret's Church,
Alstone Village,
Alstone, Gloucestershire.


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.

St Margaret's is a pretty little church. The original church dates from the 12th century, but it was rebuilt in the 13th century, altered in the 17th century and restored in 1880 and Unusually for Gloucestershire, it has a red tiled roof, and a timber-framed bell tower. The latter is finished in black and white, with a hipped roof, and dates from the 18th century, but the overall impression is that it is much newer, and is rather reminiscent of the "Arts & Crafts" Churches, such as Brockhampton, in Herefordshire.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes it as "a building of stone in the Gothic style of the 14th century, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a wooden turret, containing a clock and one bell". As part of the village's 2000 Millennium celebrations, the clock's mechanism for chiming the hours was electrified, so obviating a weekly hand-winding. I discovered this when I first prepared this account in 2013, but sadly, the website where I found it is no longer active. So rather than lose it entirely, here is a link to The Teddington and Alstone Villages Web Site in the Internet Archive (the "Wayback Machine") - the relevant details are in the "Churches" section, where there is a History of both St Nicholas's Church in Teddington, and St Margaret's in Alstone.

Alstone was formerly a hamlet which belonged to the parish of Overbury, in Worcestershire until 1844, when it was transferred to Gloucestershire. It was created a civil parish in 1866, retaining a separate identity until 1935, when it was merged with the parish of Teddington. [Source: Units & Statistics on the Vision of Britain Through Time website]


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.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO9826132457. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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 Alstone, 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.

Information last updated on 19 Nov 2018 at 11:26.

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This Report was created 21 May 2022 - 20:45:12 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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