Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Cyr's Church, Stonehouse
St Cyr's Church,
Church Lane,
Stonehouse, 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 1225, and we understand it is still open.

St Cyr's is some distance from the centre of present-day Stonehouse, but would most probably have been built to serve the ancient centre of the settlement, which grew up around the Manor House, Stonehouse Court, as it is now known. Indeed, there remains a gateway from the Churchyard into the grounds of the Court, in present day. The parish's earliest recorded vicar was 'Sir Geoffrey', in 1225, no doubt one of the scions of the noble families who held the Court.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 records that "the celebrated George Whit(e)field" was curate of the parish about 1736 "and commenced his career of preaching in the open air in the churchyard because the church could not contain the congregation, from which circumstance he himself first excused this irregularity: the church has 600 sittings".

Whitefield's tenure, and open-air preaching, to a congregation of 3,000 is also recorded on the webpage Stonehouse - A Timeline - One Thousand Years, on the website of Stonehouse History Group.

On 28th June 1960 (as "St Cyril"), it became a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for more details.

But who was St Cyr? The Church's website - St Cyr, Stonehouse - has the answer. He was a child martyr at the time of the Diocletian persecution in AD 303 - "it is an uncommon dedication in this country, there being perhaps seven, but is well known in France".

Conversely, St Cyril may have referred to someone else entirely. The Wikipedia article Saint Cyril suggests several contenders...

The building is set in an attractive location, adjacent to the Stroudwater Canal, and at the end of a cul de sac. There have been several extensions to the Churchyard, which now occupies grounds both the north of the original burial ground, and to the east. Stonehouse Court, now a hotel, lies to the north west.


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 SO7995305003. 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 Stonehouse, 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 14 Jun 2019 at 08:38.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 18:38:24 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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