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St Edward King & Martyr's Church, Evenlode
St Edward King & Martyr's Church,
Church Lane,
Evenlode, 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 Worcestershire of 1896 describes Evenlode as a parish and a small village, on the small river Evenlode, from which it derives its name, 3 miles south-east from Moreton in Marsh, and 2 north from Ad[d]lestrop stations on the Oxford and Worcester section of the Great Western railway, which passes through the parish, 3 north-east from Stow on the Wold, and 29 east from Gloucester.

The church of St Edward was described as "an ancient building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, south chapel, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells". The chancel arch is Late Norman. The staircase to the rood loft still remains and the south chapel retains a piscina and sedilia. The chancel was restored in 1878 under the direction of Mr. J.E.K. Cutts, architect, of London.

Records of baptisms date from 1604, and of marriages and burials form 1561. The living was described as a rectory in the gift of, and had been held since 1895 by the Rev. Henry James Kelsall M.A. of Worcester College, Oxford. The manor was owned by Miss Jane Whitmore Jones, and the principal landowners were Charles Cleveland esq., the trustees of Augustus Lea Bricknell esq. and the rector.

In 1896, the parish was described as bounded on the east by the county of Warwick, and although surrounded by Gloucestershire on the other 3 sides, locally in Worcestershire. It was transferred from Gloucestershire to Worcestershire in 1931, and now (2014) belongs to the benefice of Broadwell, Evenlode, Oddington, Adlestrop and Westcote with Icomb and Bledington.


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 SP2206029070. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 19 Feb 2014 at 14:12.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 15:13:41 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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