Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Swithun's Church, Leonard Stanley
St Swithun's Church,
Church Road, GL10 3NP,
Leonard Stanley, 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 1131, and we understand it is still open.

St Swithun's Church was originally the priory church of St Leonard's Priory, founded by Roger de Berkeley in 1131.

It became the parish church after the Dissolution. The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.264-266 (Leonard Stanley - Churches) has a good account of this process, suggesting that the parochial nave may have been already dedicated to St Swithin [sic] before the Dissolution.

St Swithun's Church is also Grade I Listed - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

On a personal note, the grandfather of Billy (William) BUTLIN, founder of Butlin's Holiday Camps, was a Vicar of St Swithun's Church, Leonard Stanley between 1878 and 1906 (27 years). William Heygate BUTLIN was born in Alfreton, Derbyshire in 1838, the son of William Wright BUTLIN (also a Minister of the Church), and Julia Crowther née TRENTHAM. He was admitted to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1858, and obtained his BA in 1862. His first appointment in Gloucestershire was as curate of Stroud 1864-5, holding other curacies from 1865-75; and from 1875 until he became Vicar of Leonard Stanley in 1878, he held the post of Principal of Dartmouth Grammar School. [Sources: Rosemary Lockie/John Williams]


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 SO8023303259. 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 Leonard Stanley, 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 27 Aug 2016 at 07:50.

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This Report was created 30 Nov 2023 - 20:21:48 GMT 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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