Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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All Saints Church, Salperton
All Saints Church,
Salperton Park,
Salperton, 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 11th century, and we understand it is still open.

Salperton lies off the A40 Cheltenham to Oxford road, past its junction with the A436 at Andoversford. Turning left from the A40towards Salperton, a sign on the right points to 'Salperton Park Church'. Following this route takes the visitor through stone gateposts and across a sheep-covered landscape, to reach the Salperton Park Estate. The Park itself, and its Manor House are NOT open to the public, and in fact are separated from the church by a fence; however a separate sign points towards the church, by now referred to as 'Salperton Park Estate Church', and a sign on the gate announces that both parishioners and visitors are welcome.

Unlike many churches set in parkland, it was not built exclusively for the estate, and in fact predates the house by several centuries. The latter is rather succinctly described by the Parks & Gardens UK website as a "late-18th-century Palladian-style remodelling of a 17th-century farmhouse, with early 19th-century additions", whereas the church has its foundations in Norman times.

An abbey was founded in 1046 at Lyra, by William fitz Osbern, and the advowson of Salperton church was given to the monks of the abbey by Robert de Chando, one of William the Conqueror's knights. Its Norman workmanship can be seen in the chancel arch, and windows in the north and south of the chancel. Evidently in the past the village of Salperton, now just a few houses, tucked away in a fold of the Cotswolds, to the north of the church, had greater importance, as it was set on a major north-south route known as the Salt Way, or Salters Way.

A more comprehensive history, detailing "The Victorian restoration of a rural parish church", compiled from contemporary (1885) newspaper articles, and including a sketch of the building before its restoration, is available elsewhere online, by courtesy of Graeme Wall. [Other Sources: John Williams/Rosemary Lockie]


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 SP0769819835. 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 Salperton, 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 1 Nov 2018 at 11:31.

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This Report was created 16 Jan 2022 - 22:13:44 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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