Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Margaret's Chapel (Remains), Stowe, St Briavels
St Margaret's Chapel (Remains),
Stowe Grange, Stowe Hill,
Stowe, St Briavels, 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 1220, but we understand it was closed in 1361.

The remains consist of a rectangular enclosure, according to the British Listed Buildings website is about 9 metres by 5 metres. The north wall is incorporated into farm buildings of Stowe Grange. Mike Salter, in his booklet Parish Churches of The Forest of Dean (1990) provides the additional information that the east wall "stands ruinously" to about 2 metres high, with no sign of a window, and parts of the west and south walls stand about a metre high.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp.247-271 (St Briavels) describes its former use as a hermitage belonging to a royal estate called Stowe. It was recorded in 1220 when it was served by chaplains appointed by the Crown; and in 1226 Henry III granted it to Grace Dieu abbey, in Monmouthshire, newly founded by John of Monmouth, who was constable of St Briavels from 1216 to c.1224. In 1361 the abbey claimed that it was unable to maintain the chapel because of the loss of common pasture in adjoining lands which had been taken into cultivation; the Crown then allowed the chantry, which was then served by two monks, to be transferred to the abbey itself. The chapel building at Stowe was then (presumably) closed.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO5621406228. 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 Stowe, St Briavels, 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 30 Dec 2014 at 15:55.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 21:00:08 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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