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St Matthew's Church, Coates
St Matthew's Church,
Trewsbury Road,
Coates, 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 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes St Matthew's Church as "an interesting building of stone, in the Transition-Norman, Early English, and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower with lofty pinnacles containing 2 bells". The Norman south doorway has zigzag mouldings. There is a fine trefoil-headed piscina in the aisle, and a rood screen with rich tracery and beaded carving. The font consists of a Norman bowl on a modern pedestal. The church was entirely restored and reseated in 1860, and several of the windows have been filled with stained glass. There are 270 sittings.

The parish records date from 1566. The living was (in 1923) a rectory in the gift of the Guild of All Souls, and had been held since 1913 by the Rev. Thomas Crompton Simpson, Scholae Cancellarii, Lincoln [Lincoln Theological Collage]. A water works was opened in 1901 by the Cirencester Rural District Council. A Reading Room was erected in 1905 by Jane Lady Stuart-Menteith and the parishioners.

Tarlton, which has a chapel of ease, is a hamlet partly in Coates, and partly in the parish of Rodmarton. One of the sources of the Thames, called "Thames Head", lies in this parish. Coates is 14 miles south-east from Gloucester, 3½ miles west of Cirencester, and 4 miles north-north-west of Kemble.


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 SO9726001000. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 24 Dec 2013 at 14:48.

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This Report was created 20 Oct 2021 - 23:43:08 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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