Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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The Old Church, Cow Honeybourne
The Old Church   [no longer consecrated]
Brick Walk,
Cow Honeybourne, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 in the 15th century, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

This Old Church has had a chequered history. By the mid 19th it had become disused, as inhabitants of the parish were attending St Ecgwin's Church in what was then the separate parish of Church Honeybourne, in Worcestershire. For a time it was turned into apartments (or tenements) but by 1871 was "restored for Divine service". This was following a rebuilding, or repair in 1861-3 by W.J. Hopkins, and of the earlier church only the 15th century tower now survives.

By 1923, according to Kelly, once again the inhabitants of Cow Honeybourne were chiefly attending St Ecgwin's in "Honeybourne", which by then appears to have dropped its suffix of "Church". As it was in Worcestershire, details of the latter are to be found in the Worcestershire section of this database.

In 1931, Cow Honeybourne parish was transferred from Gloucestershire to Worcestershire, and in 1953, the two Honeybournes were amalgamated. Today, though it retains its tower, the Old Church of Cow Honeybourne has been converted into a pair of cottages, and St Ecgwin's, in Church Honeybourne has been closed. Both are nevertheless Listed Buildings, St Ecgwin is Grade I Listed, and the Old Church is Grade II - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

Note: there is no evidence of Cow Honeybourne's Church (or Chapel) ever having a graveyard, so it is possible burials always took place at St Ecgwin's; and almost certainly in the Cemetery, adjacent to St Ecgwin's, after it was opened. For this, and for further details of St Ecgwin's, see the Worcestershire section of this database.


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 was located at OS grid reference SP1135343607. 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 Cow Honeybourne, 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 6 Nov 2011 at 15:19.

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This Report was created 13 Aug 2022 - 10:38:33 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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