Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary Magdalene's Church (Demolished), Colethrop, Standish
St Mary Magdalene's Church (Demolished),
Colethrop, Standish, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church did NOT have 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 1874, but we understand it was closed in 1932.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.239-241 (Standish - Churches) tells us that the Church of St Mary Magdalen [sic] was erected in 1874, as a chapel of ease of St Nicholas's Church Standish. It was built at the expense of J.D.T. Niblett, "who in 1866 had become the first lay reader in the Church of England".

Alas however, in common with many places of worship built to serve small communities, it became less frequently used, and was closed in 1932 and demolished soon after. However, Old Maps show it situated opposite "The Lessoms", on a track leading north west from the centre of Colethrop. It appears to have been quite a substantial building, the plan showing it had a nave, an apse at the eastern end, and north and south porches. A Map of 1885 shows it also included a school. According to the VCH, it incorporated a trefoil-headed window brought from the Church at Harescombe; whilst Standish Church now has a chalice and paten cover of 1573 which belonged to Colethrop Chapel. The latter evidently came from elsewhere originally, unless the 1874 Chapel replaced an earlier building!

Colethrop was originally a detached part of Standish, but in 1884 was transferred to Haresfield.


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 was located at OS grid reference SO8202111326. 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 Colethrop, Standish, 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 14 Jun 2019 at 11:26.

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This Report was created 19 May 2022 - 06:11:50 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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