Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Margaret's Church, Corse
St Margaret's Church,
Church Lane,
Corse, 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 before 1290, and we understand it is still open.

"The closeness of the church to the moated manor-house called Corse Court suggests that the church may owe its foundation to the occupants of that house" ... The earliest surviving documentary reference to the church is of 1290, when the Prior of Deerhurst was patron of Corse church. His patronage reflects the fact that Corse had been part of the large area served by Deerhurst priory church." [Source: The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 8: Cleeve, Deerhurst and Tibblestone, and lower divisions Tewkesbury and Westminster (1968), pp.271-281 (Corse)]

Corse parish boundaries to the north and west were defined in the 11th century. It lay within the forested area known as Corse Chase, where a manor belonging to Westminster Abbey was situated. The process of clearing it of timber (at different times on the orders of the Crown, and Abbot of Westminster) and rendering it suitable for cultivation was not completed until the end of the 18th century: the former nature of the landscape ... shaped the pattern of settlement. The parish had no nucleated village centre, and took its name [in 1797] from the small settlement, comprising the church and two farm-houses near the southern boundary of the parish. ... the area called Corse Marsh in the 11th century.

"By 1779 all the trees had been cleared ... and Corse Lawn was a wide and level open common ... with an aspect said to be 'very beautiful'".

'Corse Marsh' appears to have been a tautology, since the VCH account also records that the name 'Corse' means a marsh or bog; however apparently, some marshy patches still exist here today, a fact which is perhaps hardly surprising, with the land being sandwiched between the River Severn and River Leadon.

An information board inside the church records that it is one of the very few buildings to be constructed entirely of Arden sandstone; and with its delightful setting, it is also known as "the Church in the Orchards".


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 SO7883726502. 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 Corse, 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 30 Dec 2014 at 08:17.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 16:01:55 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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