Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Lawrence's Church, Sandhurst
St Lawrence's Church,
Sandhurst Lane,
Sandhurst, 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 Saxon period, and we understand it is still open.

St Lawrence's Church is a Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 says the Church of St Laurence is of Saxon foundation, was restored and enlarged in 1858 and is "an edifice of stone in the Late Pointed style". It consists of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 8 bells. The font is leaden and of the twelfth century. In 1920 a stained glass window, with figures of St George and St Alban, was placed in the rear of the pulpit and a stone tablet erected on the wall in memory of the 12 men of the parish who were killed during the Great War, 1914-1918; their names are inscribed on the tablet. There are 250 sittings.

The leaden Font, as described in the Victoria County History website (in 2013, "Work in Progress" for Volume 13), is one of 6 in Gloucestershire cast from the same mould. The bowl is decorated with eleven compartments containing five seated figures and six foliated scrolls. The others are at Frampton on Severn, Lancaut (now in the Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral), Oxenhall, Siston, and Tidenham.

Kelly reports that the soil in some parts is a sandy loam, in others a stiff clay, with a subsoil of blue lias, but the low-lying land on the banks of the river Severn known as Sandhurst meadows, is a rich, deep alluvial deposit, and very liable to floods.

Understandably, flooding remains an issue. In the 1960s, a regular means of navigation during winter flooding was to paddle along the lanes by canoe!


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 SO8278723328. 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 Sandhurst, 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 20 Nov 2018 at 11:54.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:47:40 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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