Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Bartholomew's Church, Notgrove
St Bartholomew's Church,
Notgrove Village,
Notgrove, 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.

According to the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 9: Bradley hundred: The Northleach area of the Cotswolds (2001), pp.145-155 (Notgrove), the Church was called St Mary's in 1494, but in the early 18th century and later its dedication has been to St Bartholomew.

The description provided in Kelly's Directory is of "an ancient building principally in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, north transept, south porch and western tower with small spire containing 3 bells". The chancel retains a piscina and aumbry, and on the east wall are ancient paintings of the Crucifixion, St Mary Magdalene anointing our Savour's feet, and five other subjects; above, under richly gilt canopies, are represented the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Magi, and the Coronation of the Virgin, and over these are figures of six saints, and an embattled cresting, now much decayed. Both sides of the chancel were also once decorated, and the arches of the nave arcades bear traces of colour. Within the communion rails, under an arch on the north side of the chancel, is a handsome tomb, with the date 1630, surmounted by an effigy of a lady, conjectured to represent a member of the Whittington family. On the south side of the chancel lies the marble effigy of a man in legal robes and a ruff, supposed to represent William Whittington; raised above and on a slab, supported by short marble pillars, is the recumbent figure of a knight in armour of the Elizabethan period, assigned to John Whittington, of Pauntley, esq. father of the preceding; the armorial bearings show that both these effigies are to members of the Whittington family. In the chancel is also a stone sarcophagus, and a tomb with the effigy of a priest vested, believed to represent Parker, the last abbot of Gloucester. The two windows of the chancel and one in the nave are stained. The original Norman font, still used, is in good preservation. The nave arcade is also Norman.

The old Manor House (adjacent to the church) was the seat of the Whittington family, via the marriage of Cecily Browning, heiress of the Browning family who held the manor in the 14th century, to Guy Whittington of Pauntley. According to the VCH account, Cicely settled the reversion of Notgrove manor on the marriage of her grandson William Whittington and Elizabeth Arundel.

In 1923, the living was a rectory, annexed to that of Cold Aston, held since 1922 by the Rev. Ernest P.R.B. Grundy M.A. of Wadham College, Oxford. There does not appear to have been a Nonconformist chapel in the village.

Further information, and photographs, may also be available on the website of St Peter & St Paul, Northleach (St Bartholomew is one if its Benefice Churches).

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


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 SP1093319934. 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 Notgrove, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 24 Jan 2019 at 13:55.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2021 - 20:15:07 GMT 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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