Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Chantry (Remains), St Briavels
St Mary's Chantry (Remains),
East Street,
St Briavels, 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 16th century, but we understand it was closed in 1547.

Described as "a remnant only of a former chapel" by the British Listed Buildings website, much of the original structure appears to have been converted into a dwelling. They date it as 16th century, which is quite late for a chantry chapel to be built, since all chantries were disbanded during the reign of Edward VI in 1547.

The building has 2½ storeys, but "the front ground floor room is unusually lofty, and has a chamfered beam". If an upper floor was also part of the original building, then perhaps the chapel also provided a home for the chantry priest, with living accomodation on the upper floor, or a schoolroom, whilst the lower one remained devotional. "For the chantries were the grammar schools of the period - the incumbent 'teaching gratis the poor who asked it humbly for the love of God'". [Source: 'Chantry' in the Catholic Encyclopedia]

Whether coincidental or not, Old Maps also show a Reading Room close to the remains of the chantry. Kelly's Directory of 1923 says it was founded in 1854 by the late Charles Lord-Denton esq. and then contained a library of about 1,600 volumes, and a recreation room.


Now or formerly Medieval Chapel.

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 SO5594604516. 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 St Briavels, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 24 Nov 2018 at 13:12.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 03:24:50 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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