Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St John the Baptist's Church, Coln St Aldwyn
St John the Baptist's Church,
Coln St Aldwyn Village, GL7 5AG,
Coln St Aldwyn, 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.

St John the Baptist's Church consists of chancel, nave, north transept, and south porch, with (unusually) a tower on the south side, with clock, and 8 bells. The Rev. John Keble M.A. was vicar here for 52 years, until his death in 1835, aged 90. John Keble (1792-1866), poet and clergyman, and author of "The Christian Year" was his son. He was professor of poetry at Oxford University, 1831-42 and one of four members of the University to originate the so-called 'Tractarian' movement, which "sought to recover the Catholic heritage of the Church of England"; he also acted as his father's curate. Keble College, Oxford was founded in his name.

The British Listed Buildings website records the architectural details of the church, including the 19th century stone font, "with a Greek palindrome inscribed on the base", and the east stained windows, which commemorate John Keble's period as vicar here, 1782-1835; also a "fine 2-tiered chandelier" of c.1767. [Other Sources: Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire (1923), and Alumni Oxoniensis (1715-1886)]

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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 SP1435605147. 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 Coln St Aldwyn, 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 20 Nov 2018 at 14:28.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2021 - 01:54:16 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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