Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Bartholomew's Church, Churchdown
St Bartholomew's Church,
Churchdown Hill, GL3 2LG,
Churchdown, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) 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 1175, and we understand it is still open.

Details of St Bartholomew's Church History are available on St Andrew's and St Bartholomew's Churches website. It is a Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

It stands on what the Directories might call a "lofty eminence", with amazing views over the surrounding countryside, and somewhat isolated now from the village below. The church's website proposes that the site has had a ritual or military significance, dating perhaps from the Bronze Age or even earlier.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes it as "an edifice of stone in the Norman and Late Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, north porch with parvise and an embattled western tower with pinnacles containing 5 bells". The following inscription remains on the inside wall of the tower: "This belhows [bell house] was byyldede in the year of our Lode God 1601". The font consists of a deep octagonal panelled basin, relieved by crocketed niches in each panel, and supported on a concave panelled shaft, with a wide flat base of the same shape. Some of the pews are elaborately carved. The parish records date from 1563.

Kelly describes Churchdown's other church as "St Andrew, in the Vale", built 1903-4. It has now superseded St Bartholomew as the parish church, being rededicated to "St Andrew and St Bartholomew", but the older St Bartholomew's, and its Graveyard, are still in use; with services currently (2013) being held on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month.

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


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 SO8823919102. 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 Churchdown, 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 17 Aug 2013 at 07:25.

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This Report was created 18 May 2022 - 23:47:08 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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