Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Catholic Church in Hatherop Castle (Private), Hatherop
Catholic Church in Hatherop Castle (Private)   [no longer consecrated]
Hatherop Castle,
Hatherop, 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 1790, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

Hatherop Castle was formerly the residence of the Blomer family, and afterwards of Sir John Webb, who married John Blomer's great granddaughter Mary. Both families were staunch Catholics, who remained loyal to their faith during the times of persecution. As a consequence, Sir John is understood to have built his own private chapel in the Castle.

The Gloucestershire Archives have a document dated 1790 (Q/SR/1791/C) which relates to a notice of establishment of a "Roman Catholic church" at Hatherop, presumably Sir John's.

Although a Roman Catholic chapel at Hatherop is mentioned in the National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), it seems likely it was closed by the time Castle was rebuilt by Baron de Mauley in the early 1850s, as there is no mention of a chapel in the description of the Castle on the British Listed Buildings website, and a separate building hasn't been identified on any Maps. [Other Sources: Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire (1923), the Church Monument Society website, for the memorial to Sir John's granddaughter, Lady Barbara de Mauley in Hatherop Church, and the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 7: The Hundreds of Brightwells Barrow and Rapsgate (1981), pp.86-96 (Hatherop)]


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 Church was located at OS grid reference SP1530405114. 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 Hatherop, 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 16 Nov 2018 at 13:50.

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This Report was created 3 Jul 2022 - 19:02:12 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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