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St Peter's Church, Dyrham
St Peter's Church,
Upper Street,
Dyrham, 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 1280, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Dyrham as a village and parish, near the Bath and Gloucester road, 6 miles east from Mangotsfield station on the Bristol and Birmingham section of the Midland railway, 3½ north-west from Marshfield, 8 north from Bath, 10 east from Bristol, 13 west from Chippenham and 6 south from Chipping Sodbury. The church of St Peter is described as "an ancient building of stone, in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower containing a clock and six bells". In the south aisle is a very fine brass with mutilated canopies and six Latin verses to Sir Morys Russell, d.1401, and his wife Isabel; and a monument with a canopy supported by five Corinthian columns, and recumbent effigies representing George Wynter, d.1581 and his wife Ann; there are also figures of eleven children, two inscriptions and shields of arms. The font is Norman. There are 220 sittings.

The parish records, including Hinton, date from 1568. The living was then a rectory, held since 1909 by the Rev. Wynter Edward Blathwayt M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge, and in the gift of Robert Wynter Blathwayt esq. J.P. who was also lord of the manor and chief landowner. Dyrham Park, his seat, was said to extend over an area of 250 acres.

The parish also includes the hamlet of Hinton, one mile north, and Toll Down, 1 mile north-east, situated at the junction of the roads from Tetbury and Malmesbury to Bristol. This latter name appears to have been lost to modern Maps.


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 ST7414575803. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 12 Jan 2014 at 09:02.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 12:02:13 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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