Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Peter's Church (Medieval, Demolished), Roel, Hawling
St Peter's Church (Medieval, Demolished),
Roel, Hawling, Gloucestershire.


This Church 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 before 1174, but we understand it was closed before 1466.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Roel as a village and parish, lying 4 miles north-west from Notgrove station on the Cheltenham and Banbury branch of the Great Western railway, 11 east from Cheltenham and 4 south-east of Winchcombe. "There is no church or school, the whole population consisting only of the inhabitants of 7 houses, who attend the church at Hawling". It goes on to say that the farmhouse, "once a mansion of much importance", had a chapel attached to it, of which portions still remain. Henry Dent Brocklehurst esq. J.P. was (in 1923) lord of the manor, and landowner. The soil is stone brash; subsoil, stone, and the area was 1,158 acres. The parish was required to be extra parochial for ecclesiastical purposes.

Since then, the "lost" village of Roel has been the subject of some fascinating archaeological research - see A Medieval Cotswold Village: Roel, Gloucestershire by D.H. Aldred and C.C. Dyer, published in Vol.109 (1991), pp.139-170 of Transactions of The Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society.


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 in the town/village nearest OS grid reference SP0735024745. 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 Roel, Hawling, 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 11 Jan 2014 at 08:04.

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This Report was created 1 Jul 2022 - 06:41:46 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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