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St Eadburgha's Church, Ebrington
St Eadburgha's Church,
May Lane, GL55 6NG,
Ebrington, 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

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, but we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Ebrington (or Ebberton) as a village and parish, on the road from [Chipping] Campden to Shipston on Stour, extending to the Warwickshire border, and one mile east from Chipping Campden station on the Oxford and Worcester section of the Great Western railway. 31 north-east from Gloucester, and 5 west from Shipston on Stour. The title of the eldest sons of the Earls Fortescue was said to be taken from this place.

The church of St Eadburgha is "a building of stone chiefly in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing a clock and 6 bells". The south doorway of the church is a fine example of Norman work. On the north side of the chancel within the communion rails is an altar-tomb with recumbent effigy in robes to Sir John Fortescue, "a great luminary of the law", appointed Chief Justice of the King's Bench in 1442. He was a zealous supporter of the house of Lancaster, and as one of those engaged in the battle of Towton, 1461, suffered attainder and the confiscation of his estates; and about 1463 was for some time exile in France with Margaret of Anjou. After the battle of Tewkesbury, 1471, his attainder was reversed, and he was allowed to retire to his manor of Ebrington, where he died subsequent to 1476, at the age of 90.

In the south aisle is an ancient altar-tomb to the Keyt family, the date being obliterated. Other memorials to this family include one with two marble busts to Sir Jonathan Keyt, created a baronet in 1660 for his services during the great rebellion. He died in 1662. The pulpit of carved oak bears the date 1679. The registers date from 1568. On the green is a stone cross, erected to the memory of the men of the parish who lost their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918. William Keyt esq. a member of a family who were landowners in this parish for several centuries, bequeathed in 1632, the milk of ten milch kine to the poor, which is still distributed from May 21st to November 12th in each year.

The living was then a vicarage, and had been held since 1890 by the Rev. William Joynson Guerrier M.A. of Worcester College, Oxford.

Hidcote Boyce and Charingworth are hamlets in the parish.


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 SP1837139990. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 9 Jan 2014 at 13:43.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 17:42:58 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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