Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Bartholomew's Church, Coaley
St Bartholomew's Church,
The Street,
Coaley, 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 the 15th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 records Coaley (or Cowley) as a parish and picturesque village, 2 miles south-east from Coaley junction and 2 south-west from Frocester station on the Birmingham and Bristol section of the Midland railway, 2½ north-east from Dursley, 12 south from Gloucester, and 7½ south-west from Stroud.

St Bartholomew's Church is described as "an edifice of stone, rebuild (with the exception of the tower) in 1857, at a cost of £2,000, under the direction of Messrs. Jacques and Son, architects, in the Early English style". It consists of chancel, nave of five bays, north aisle, north porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 6 bells. The stained east window is a memorial to the Rev. W.J. Evans, vicar 1883-1907. Two other stained glass windows were added to the north side of the church, one in 1902 to the memory of Bernard Radley, who died in 1900 in the Boer War by his father; and one in 1922 to the memory of Graham Elton Merrett by his mother. A cross was erected in the churchyard 1919 in memory of "those who fell in the Great War, 1914-18".

The registers date from 1581; and the living (in 1923) was a vicarage in the gift of the Bishop of Gloucester, which had been held since 1920 by the Rev. John Percy Clarke.

Kelly also records that Coaley had a Wesleyan chapel; and an Isolation Hospital, called "The Moors, held by Dursley Rural District Council.

An area named Dead Hill was transferred to Slimbridge under the Divided Parishes Act, 1882.


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 SO7713901719. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 13 Sep 2016 at 10:19.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 11:55:10 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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