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St Lawrence's Church, Lechlade
St Lawrence's Church,
High Street / Burford Street,
Lechlade, 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 13th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 notes that Lechlade is "a parish and market town at the confluence of the river Leach with the Thames". St John's Bridge "of two arches, one crossing the river proper and the other a backwater connected with the lock, spans the river a little more than half-a-mile from the town at a point where the counties of Gloucester, Berks, Wilts and Oxford all adjoin; this is said to be the second stone bridge that was built over the Thames, London bridge being the first; it is a quaint structure, its centre pier resting on a small island."

The church of St Lawrence, so Kelly says, is a handsome edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, erected towards the end of the 15th century, as is supposed, by Conrad Ney, then vicar, and the inhabitants. It consists of chancel, nave, aisles, north porch, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles and spire containing a clock and 6 bells. The British Listed Buildings website says it is of 13th century foundation, but was completely rebuilt in the mid to late 15th century, with clerestory and north porch added in the early 16th. Its restoration in 1882-8, for about £1,814, was by architect Mr. F. Waller of Gloucester.

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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 SU2149699502. 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 Lechlade, 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 1 May 2013 at 11:21.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 18:45:23 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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