Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Joseph's School Chapel (Private), Marshfield
St Joseph's School Chapel (Private),
Ashwicke Hall,
Marshfield, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1956, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Ashwicke Hall as the ancient seat of the Webb family, belonging subsequently to the family of Horlock. It was purchased and rebuilt in 1857 by John Orred esq. and is a fine example of a domestic mansion of the Edwardian period. At the east end is a lofty octagonal tower. The park and estate, consisting of 1,050 acres, were then the property and residence of Major Maurice Edward Weston Pope.

After Pope died in 1946, the Hall was sold, and converted for use as a girls' convent school, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 12th March 1948 (p.1812) indicates:

The Secretary of State for the Home Department hereby gives notice that he has approved St Joseph's School for the education and training of girls sent there in pursuance of the Children and Young Persons' Act, 1933, or otherwise. The Certificate of Approval bears date the 3rd March, 1948.

St Joseph's closed in 1982, after which the Hall was purchased by the International School of Choueifat (now SABIS).

The chapel was built in 1956-1964 to designs by T. Cordiner. There are further details on the Parks & Gardens UK website.


Now or formerly School/College 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 Chapel is located at OS grid reference ST7916971769. 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 Marshfield, 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 16 Jan 2014 at 10:47.

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This Report was created 1 Dec 2021 - 13:12:02 GMT 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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