Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Church, Batsford
St Mary's Church,
Batsford Estate,
Batsford, 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 1562, and we understand it is still open.

The present St Mary's Church is the third such building on its site. The first medieval church fell into disrepair after the Reformation, but was rebuilt in 1774, "in classical style". The present building dates from 1861-2, designed by W.F. Poulton of Reading, as "Neo-Norman Gothic", was its replacement.

With a tower and steeple giving it the appearance of a "wedding-cake", of separate layers, it could (in my opinion) lose the steeple, and the tower, with pinnacles at each of its four corners would stand quite proudly alone.

The stained glass windows are by C.E. Kempe, and date from 1888. His signature, the Kempe Wheatsheaf, can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of a window in the chancel.

Batsford village is 1½ miles west of Moreton in Marsh, and is better known for its Arboretum. In the 8th century, Batsford was part of a sheep-rearing estate given to the Bishop of Worcester by King Ethelbald. However there is no priest mentioned in Domesday, so presumably its first church post-dates 1086.

Both Batsford Park, and St Mary's Church are now Grade II Listed - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. See also "Our Churches" on St David's Church, Moreton in Marsh website, which has (as of January 2019) a very nice leaflet on St Mary's Church available for download.


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 SP1868733891. 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 Batsford, 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 24 Jan 2019 at 08:55.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 08:25:13 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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