Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Church, Norton
St Mary's Church,
Church Lane,
Norton, 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 13th century, and we understand it is still open.

St Mary's Church is a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. The church is in the area of the parish of Norton known as Priors Norton, on the east of the A38. The settlement to the west of the A38 is known as Bishops Norton, and contains Norton Court.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes it as "an edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells. The church was thoroughly restored in 1875-6 under the direction of Mr. Waller, architect of Gloucester, and has 200 sittings. In 1921 a monument was erected in the churchyard, facing the west door, as a memorial to the 12 men of the parish killed during the Great War, 1914-18; it is in the form of a cross mounted on a square base with a Crusader's sword on the face of the column, all being made of Portland stone.

The principal landowners in 1923 were Mrs. (Mary Anne) Archer, who was lady of the manor of Prior's Norton (the eastern portion), and occupied Norton Court farm, and Capt. George Norton Walker, who was the lord of the manor of Bishop's Norton (the western portion), and the owner-occupier of Norton Court.


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 SO8655224378. 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 Norton, 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 20 Nov 2018 at 12:17.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 14:30:48 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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