Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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All Saints Church, Newland
All Saints Church,
Almshouses Road / B4231,
Newland, 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 1216, and we understand it is still open.

All Saints is often referred to as the "Cathedral of the Forest". This is not only because it is an impressive church, but because prior to the 19th century, the Royal Forest of Dean was extra-parochial, and there were no other churches. "Newland church, the rector of which was entitled under grants of 1283 and 1305 to the tithes of Whitemead and of new closes and assarts within the Forest ... was regarded as the Foresters' parish church ... and in the early 16th century one of its chantry priests was required to preach the gospel twice a week at forges and mines within the parish". The first new churches to be built were for Berry Hill (Christ Church, 1812-1816), Drybrook (Holy Trinity, 1817), and Parkend (St Paul, 1822). [Source: the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp.389-396 (Forest of Dean - Churches)]

Interestingly, though according to the above source, "a new church to serve the assarted lands that became Newland parish was founded shortly before 1216", Newland doesn't appear to have ever had its own non-conformist chapel, or rather, none is mentioned by Kelly's Directory, or is shown on Old Maps. Kelly's Directory of 1923 does however record "situated near Spout farm is an enormous oak, ascertained in 1901 to be 44 feet 2 inches in circumference at a height of 6 feet above the ground, or at one foot above the ground, 46 feet 9 inches: although quite hollow, it is still alive, and its branches are covered with foliage".

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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 SO5527509524. 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 Newland, 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 30 Dec 2014 at 11:35.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 11:01:26 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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