Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Twrog's Chapel (Ruins), Beachley, Tidenham
St Twrog's Chapel (Ruins),
Beachley Rock,
Beachley, Tidenham, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel did 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 before 1290, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

For a small promontory, the Beachley peninsula has a remarkably high number of current, or former places of worship. There is St John the Evangelist's Church at Beachley (now redundant), St Luke's at Tutshill, both built in the 19th century, Tidenham Church itself, jointly dedicated to St Mary & St Peter, the ruined St James's Church at Lancaut, and 2 modern churches in Sedbury.

St Twrog's Chapel though now only accessible at low tide, is likely to predate them all. The Victorian County History suggests it may have been an anchorite's cell, its occupant receiving "corn and alms from Tidenham manor", possibly in return for maintenance of a navigation light for shipping off the rocks at Beachley Point. [Source: the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.73-78 (Tidenham including Lancaut - Churches)]

Though very little remains of the chapel today, and it is overshadowed by the present navigation light, it is nevertheless Grade II Listed - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

The Wikipedia article on Saint Twrog may also be of interest. We are told he was a 6th century Welsh saint, believed to be the son of Ithel Hael o Lydaw of Brittany. There are chapels elsewhere in Wales which share the dedication. See also the photograph of St Twrog's Chapel ruins on Chapel Rock on the Geograph website.


Now or formerly Benedictine.

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 was located at OS grid reference ST5484690007. 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 Beachley, Tidenham, 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 3 Dec 2018 at 15:10.

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This Report was created 27 Jan 2022 - 18:29:29 GMT 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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