Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St James the Great's Church, Coln St Dennis
St James the Great's Church,
Coln St Dennis Village, GL54 3YJ,
Coln St Dennis, 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 provides the information that "the church of St Dennis is an ancient building of stone in the Early Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 5 bells". It was restored in 1904 "under the superintendence of Mr. William Weir, architect of the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings", when the foundations were repaired and the interior of the tower rebuilt, and the work carried out "so as not to interfere with the ancient architectural features of the building".

In 1923, the living was a rectory united with that of Coln Rogers, which had been held since 1894 by the Rev. Lewis Bythesea Bubb, M.A. of Pembroke College, Oxford, who was also lord of the manor. The River Coln, from which the villages derive their names, formed the parish boundary between the two. They were merged officially in 1935 to form a civil parish of St Dennis. Today, this belongs to the joint Benefice of "Chedworth Yanworth and Stowell Coln Rogers and Coln St Denys".

In the late 13th century, Coln Dennis's church was known as St Katherine's; in the 18th century, St Dennis's, and at one time it is believed to have once borne an invocation to St Kenelm. It is unusual in retaining not only its ground-plan from the 12th century, but also the walls and central tower. It comprises chancel and narrow nave; the chancel is of two compartments, the western compartment forming the base of the tower. The church has been altered by heightening and buttressing the tower, by adding a north porch and south vestry near the west end of the nave, and by inserting new windows. [Source: the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 8: Cleeve, Deerhurst and Tibblestone, and the lower divisions of Tewkesbury and Westminster (1968), pp.28-34 (Coln St Dennis)]

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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 SP0859810934. 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 Dennis, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 30 Dec 2014 at 15:16.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:30:28 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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