Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Cyr's Church, Stinchcombe
St Cyr's Church,
Echo Lane / Wick Lane,
Stinchcombe, 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 15th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 records Stinchcombe as a parish and village, 1½ miles south east from Berkeley Road station on the Bristol and Birmingham section of the Midland railway, 2½ north west from Dursley, and 15 south from Gloucester. It describes St Cyr's Church as a building of stone, chiefly in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, south aisle, north porch and an embattled western tower with spire of Perpendicular date and containing a clock and 6 bells.

The registers date from 1582.

St Cyr's entry on the British Listed Buildings website tells us that its earliest parts are 15th century, but it was largely rebuilt in 1855, under the direction of J.L. Pearson as architect. Also mentioned is a lierne vault with bosses and central quatrefoil springing from foliate capitals" in the porch. There are 13 Listed Tombs in the Churchyard, all except one with inscriptions intact. The last one mentioned is of William BENDALL, dated 1765. Its end panels have "enriched string", and its east side has a representation of books.

St Cyr is an unusual dedication, but is shared with one other church in Gloucestershire - the excellent St Cyr, Stonehouse website tells us there are (perhaps) seven others of this dedication in Britain, although in France, it is more common. The name, they recommend, is pronounced "sigher".

The plaque below the Abyssinian Cross, in our photograph, reads:

This Abyssinian Cross was
given by
The Emperor Haile Selassie
(Known as The Lion of Judah)
to Mrs. Awdry in gratitude
for the hospitality she
extended to him and his
family during his exile in
this country following the
invasion of Abyssinia by
Mussolini in 1936


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 ST7296598863. 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 Stinchcombe, 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 7 Feb 2019 at 07:45.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 13:43:40 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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