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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Meysey Hampton
St Mary the Virgin's Church,
Church Street,
Meysey Hampton, 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 1269, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Maisey Hampton (or Meysey Hampton) as a parish and village, on the Wiltshire border, and on the old road from London to Cirencester, 3¼ miles west from Fairford terminal station of the East Gloucestershire branch of the Great Western railway and 6½ east from Cirencester. The church of St Mary is "an ancient cruciform edifice of stone in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, south porch and a central embattled tower, restored in 1901, and containing 6 bells". The interior was restored in 1872, and the north transept rebuilt in 1874. The chancel retains a piscina and sedilia, and there is a hagioscope. A carved lectern, dated 1623, with book chain, is still in use. The parish records date from 1570, and there are 200 sittings.

The living was then a rectory, in the gift of the Church Association Trust, and had been held since 1898 by the Rev. John Alfred Ford B.A. of Trinity College Dublin. A hall for reading, concerts and dancing was erected by public subscription in memory of those connected with the village who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. It will seat 300 people.

See also the British Listed Buildings website - "small Anglican Church... consecrated in 1269... restored 1872-4 by James Brooks".


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 SP1170400059. 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 Meysey Hampton, 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 17 Jan 2014 at 07:33.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 17:48:47 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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