Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St John the Baptist's Church, France Lynch, Chalford
St John the Baptist's Church,
Keble Road,
France Lynch, Chalford, 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 1857, and we understand it is still open.

France Lynch was a chapelry of Chalford until it became a separate parish in 1894. Chalford itself achieved parochial status in 1842, having been previously a chapelry of Bisley. St John's was built as a chapel of ease to Chalford's Christ Church between 1855 and 1857 by G.F. BODLEY, for the Revd. Thomas KEBLE.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes it as "an edifice in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, south porch, vestry, organ chamber and a bell-cot over the chancel arch containing one bell, adding that "the capitals of the columns in the nave and the corbels or the arches in the chancel are beautifully sculptured; the font is of polished Devonshire marble". At that time (1923) the living was a perpetual curacy in the gift of the vicar of Bisley, and had been held since 1909 by the Rev. Arthur Wade Wade-Evans B.A. of Jesus College, Oxford.

In 1894 Sir John E. DORINGTON gave £1,000 for the endowment of the Church, and perhaps thanks to this, it is now Grade II Listed - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.


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 SO9013803112. 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 France Lynch, Chalford, 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 31 Aug 2016 at 07:34.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 13:49:40 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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