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All Saints Church, Down Ampney
All Saints Church,
off Down Ampney Road,
Down Ampney, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

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 1265, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes All Saints Church as an "ancient and very interesting building of stone in the Early English and Later styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, north chapel, south transept, south porch, and a massive embattled western tower with pinnacles and spire containing 5 bells". In the south transept, placed within an ornamented arch, is an altar tomb, with recumbent effigies of a knight in armour, representing Sir Nicholas de Villiers and a lady. In the north transept is a marble monument, richly gilt, with effigies in armour kneeling, to Sir Anthony Hungerford, kt. d.1653, and Sir John Hungerford kt. d.1637.

The church was restored, and a north transept built in 1863 at the expense of the 3rd Earl of St Germans. A carved reredos, rood and other screens, choir stalls and pulpit, designed by Charles Ponting, were erected in 1897.

The lych-gate was erected in 1877 at the cost of Mrs Paul Butler, late of Down Ampney House. She also restored a canopied stone cross (an 14th century wayside cross) at the west end of the village the following year in memory of her husband.

Down Ampney House was built by the Hungerford family in the reign of Henry VII on the site of an earlier Manor House. The cross now stands on the Village Green. To reach All Saints Church, approaching the village from the west, turn right by the Cross off the Charlham Way / Down Ampney Road, where a small sign reads "To the Church". The Cross has a Crucifixion scene on the east face, entwined initials to the west, and diaper work to north and south of its head. It is set on a shaped stem, on top of a stepped base, and is Grade II Listed. [Source: the British Listed Buildings website]

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Denomination

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.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SU0983396537. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Resources

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 Down Ampney, 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 11 Apr 2013 at 11:12.

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This Report was created 1 Dec 2021 - 15:43:01 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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