Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Osmund's Church, Tarlton, Rodmarton
St Osmund's Church,
Tarlton Village, GL7 6PA,
Tarlton, Rodmarton, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does 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 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 says of Tarlton Chapel that it is "a small and plain but ancient building of stone, consisting of a chancel and nave; it was long disused, but was restored in 1875 at the sole cost of Miss (Anna) Gordon, of Kemble, Wilts. The chancel arch, of Norman date, is enriched with zigzag mouldings; services are held here every Sunday by the rectors of Rodmarton and Coates alternately. There are 100 sittings".

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), pp.244-246 (Rodmarton - Churches) says it seems to have existed by the late 12th century, and in 1291, it belonged to the prebendal estate (of Rodmarton). Their account cites evidence that in 1305 it was called a church, but that it was more likely to have been a chapel to the parish church. From the remainder of their account, it would seem that it fell into disuse over repeated disagreements between the various interested parties, as for example in 1628, when Giles Coxe, the lessee of the manor required the rector to hold Sunday services, he agreed only to provide services for the sick.

Other disputes have also arisen, as for uncertainty about the parish boundary in Tarlton in the late 18th century, which led to confusion as to which land was tithable to Rodmarton rectory and which to Coates, until the boundary was redefined in 1793 at inclosure. Hence some sources record it as belonging to Coates.

In the present day it appears to have had a new lease of life. It has some amazing stained glass by Tom Denny, representing the 4 Evangelists, of which there are photographs in tin giraffe's Flickr Photostream, for which it has acquired a dedication, to St Osmund.


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 is located at OS grid reference ST9579799828. 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 Tarlton, Rodmarton, 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 13:25.

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This Report was created 10 Aug 2022 - 15:02:05 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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