Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Church, Great Barrington
St Mary's Church,
off Sherbourne Road,
Great Barrington, 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 before 1159, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes St Mary's Church as "a building of stone in the Norman and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of three bays, north aisle, north porch and an embattled tower containing 6 bells. In the aisle is a handsome marble monument with figures of an angel and two children, erected by Edmund Bray, in 1720, to the memory of his children, and in the chancel are mural tablets to Mary (de Cardonell), d.1787, wife of William, 2nd Baron and 1st Earl Talbot; and to George Talbot, 3rd Baron Dynevor, who died 9th April 1852, and Frances (Townshend) his wife". There is also a recumbent effigy, "much mutilated" of a knight. The registers date from 1547.

St Mary's Church is Grade II Listed - the British Listed Buildings website provides more information. Their account dates its architecture as belonging to the late 12th, early 13th and early 16th centuries. More precisely, the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 6: Slaughter hundred, and the upper divisions of Tewkesbury and Westminster hundreds (1965), pp.16-27 (Great and Little Barrington) records that the Church of Great Barrington was dedicated by Alfred, Bishop of Worcester about 1159, and at that time, Little Barrington and Windrush were dependent chapels.

A part of Great Barrington parish belonged to Berkshire until by Acts of Parliament of 1833 and 1844 it was transferred to Gloucestershire.


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 SP2052313480. 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 Great Barrington, 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 30 Dec 2014 at 10:28.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 17:27:00 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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