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St Mary's Church, Aylburton
St Mary's Church,
Church Road,
Aylburton, 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 1200, and we understand it is still open.

At the time of Kelly's Directory of 1923, Aylburton was a tithing of Lydney. St Mary's is an intriguing church, since it stood originally on the hillside above, and was removed, nearly without alteration, in 1856 to the present spot largely at the expense of the late Charles Bathurst esq. There is a plaque inside the chancel to this effect.

It has a chancel, nave of two bays, south aisle, south porch and western tower, with a pyramidal roof, containing one bell. Mike Salter, in his booklet Parish Churches of The Forest of Dean (1990), suggests the plan may be basically the original, with the south arcade, several windows, and the ogee-headed niche over the south doorway dating from c.1290-1340, and a priest's doorway, "now mostly hidden behind a tank, [which] may be older work of c.1200"; but there was obviously some rebuilding, since he adds that "the rockfaced outer walling is all typically Victorian". He also mentions the church contains the Royal Arms of George III. (1760-1820)


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 SO6172001946. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 14 Mar 2013 at 09:44.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 17:06:26 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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