Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Holy Cross Church, Owlpen
Holy Cross Church,
Owlpen Manor Estate,
Owlpen, 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 1613, and we understand it is still open.

The present church owes much of its structure to a rebuild in 1828-30 by Samuel Manning, with alterations in 1874-5 by J.P. St Aubyn. However the site is - at least - medieval, though the early church was not, apparently impressive. The guide book for Owlpen Manor (1997) says very little remains of a chapel as it was before the eighteenth century. Thomas Fosbrooke said of it in 1807 that it was "a very rude church ... (which) consists of a chancel and nave, with a small low spire at the west end".

It was then a chapel of ease for the Owlpen manor house and estate, annexed to the parish of Bagpath. "It had been used by the de Olpennes and Daunts almost as their private possession, with their privilege to worship in the chancel, much to the disgust of the rectors of Bagpath". As early as 1650, a visiting Archdeacon recommended that Owlpen be united with Uley, but this did not happen until 1842.

The present church is a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. Owlpen Manor itself is Grade I, and dates from the 15th century. [Other Source: Owlpen Manor, A Short History and Guide to a romantic Tudor manor house in the Cotswolds (1997), available from the Manor House]


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 ST7998398400. 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 Owlpen, 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 3 Aug 2011 at 14:20.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 17:37:38 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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