Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Stephen's Church, Moreton Valence
St Stephen's Church,
Church Lane,
Moreton Valence, 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 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Moreton Valence as a village and parish, on the road from Gloucester to Bristol, 3 miles west from Haresfield station on the Bristol and Birmingham section of the Midland railway, and on the Gloucester and South Wales section of the Great Western railway, 6½ south-by-west from Gloucester and 6 north-west from Stroud. The church of St Stephen is "an ancient building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, south aisle, north porch, and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells". The chancel arch and north doorway are Norman: the latter has a tympanum, representing Our Lord overcoming Satan. The church was completely restored in 1880-4 when the chancel received a new panelled roof and the tower was carefully repaired. There are sitting for 110 persons; and the parish records date from 1681. The living was in 1923 a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the Bishop of Gloucester, and had been held since 1918 by the Rev. George Frederick Drysdale B.A.

For reference, until recently Moreton Valence was one of the "Cotswold Edge" group of parishes, but it is now (2019) part of the Stroudwater Team Benefice.

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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 SO7795509713. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 6 Feb 2019 at 14:25.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 12:54:42 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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