Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Michael & All Angels Church, Poulton
St Michael & All Angels Church,
Cricklade Street,
Poulton, 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 1874, and we understand it is still open.

Poulton was formerly in Wiltshire, but was annexed to Gloucestershire by Acts of 2 & 3 William IV, and 7 & 8 Vict. (1844). An older parish church stood about half a mile from the village, but according to Kelly's Directory of 1923 it was pulled down "in consequence of its dilapidated condition", and a new church erected closer to the village, partly with materials from the early church. This is "a building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, vestry and a western turret containing 3 bells" and providing sittings for 290 persons.

The early church is described in the Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Bath & Bristol, 1856, as "an old building, with a tower and chancel, situated a short distance from the village". It was originally the church to Poulton Priory, becoming the parish church after the Dissolution. Its churchyard remained in situ, when a new burial ground was created adjacent to the new church, but only a few of the tombs now remain in their original positions, as most of the grave markers and headstones were removed to the edges of the churchyard in the later 20th century.

There are parish registers dating from 1695 for the combined churches; and there is more information on Poulton Priory elsewhere in this database. [Sources: Kelly's Directory (1923), and the entry for Poulton Priory in the Historic England database PastScape]

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 SP0989900702. 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 Poulton, 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 15 Nov 2018 at 10:58.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 17:37:06 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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