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St Barnabas's Church, Snowshill
St Barnabas's Church,
Snowshill, 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 1557, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Snowshill as a village and parish, 3 miles west from Broadway station on the Cheltenham and Honeybourne branch of the Great Western railway, 7 south-west from Chipping Campden station on the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton branch of the Great Western railway and 6 north-east of Winchcombe.

The church of St Barnabas was said to be "a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a small western tower containing a clock and one bell, inscribed to the Holy Trinity". There are five stained windows, all to the memory of the Marshall family. The living was then a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Stanton. The parish records date from 1572.

The British Listed Buildings website dates the church from 1864, but according to Kelly this was a rebuilding. There is no mention of the name of the architect, or who it was for, and their earliest dated fixture is the 15th century octagonal stone font - "quatrefoils to bowl, blind arcading to stem".

Old Maps of 1883 show it was then dedicated to St George, but by 1903, it had become St Barnabas. The earliest reference I can find to it is in Samuel Rudder's A New History of Gloucestershire (1779), which records that the manor of Stanton, and the free chapel of Snowshill, were granted by the Crown, 4 & 5 Phil. & Mar. [1557] to John Elliot, who obtained a licence to alienate them to Thomas Doleman the same year; and John Doleman, son of Thomas, had livery of the advowson of this church 15 Eliz. [1573]

One of the several settlements known by the name of "Brockhampton" lies in the parish - labelled "Great Brockhampton Farm" on modern maps.


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 SP0965233710. 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 Snowshill, 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 6 Jan 2014 at 10:58.

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This Report was created 1 Jul 2022 - 06:25:05 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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