Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Peter's Church, Rodmarton
St Peter's Church,
Oathill Lane,
Rodmarton, 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 1291, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 records that Rodmarton was at that time supplied with water from a spring at Jackaments Bottom, in the parish. The "water works" were erected in 1894 at a cost of £1,500, paid for by Lord Biddulph - water was pumped into a tank at Tarlton, and brought to the village in pipes. This is probably the reason for the Water Tower, which still exists at the junction of Sandpool Lane (leading to Rodmarton) and the east-west road through Tarlton.

Of St Peter's Church, it records it as "an ancient building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south chapel belonging to the Coxe family, south porch and a western tower, with spire, containing 3 bells". In the chancel is a brass "in excellent preservation" to John Edwards, a lawyer, and lord of the manor, d.1461.

The church is set back behind a spectacular Village Green. the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), pp.244-246 (Rodmarton - Churches) mentions that at the time of Domesday, Rodmarton had a priest, and in 1291 the living was a rectory. In 1756, it was presented to Samuel Lysons, and the rectory remained in his family until 1897 when the trustees of D.G. Lysons sold the advowson to Claud Biddulph, lord of the manor.

The plaque shown in our photographs reads:

Remember the Goodness of God
Who through Years of Peril
Inspired and Upheld this Nation.
The Devotion and Heroism of the
People served His purpose and by
Their Sacrifice Freedom was saved.
Through the Mercy of God No One
of this parish was lost ... 1939-1945
"He Giveth Strength and Power
unto His People .. Blessed be God".


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 ST9427898055. 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 Rodmarton, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 16 May 2017 at 11:54.

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This Report was created 28 Nov 2021 - 06:00:55 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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