Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Leonard's Church, Stowell
St Leonard's Church,
Stowell Park,
Stowell, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does NOT have 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 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

St Leonard's Church is a Grade I Listed Building. The British Listed Buildings website provides an architectural description with the comment that it is may have been previously a private chapel for the lords of Stowell Park, which is itself a Listed property, said to have been built c.1600 for Robert Atkinson, Recorder of Oxford, on the site of an earlier house.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes St Leonard's as a small building of stone in the Decorated and Norman styles, originally cruciform, but now consisting only of chancel, nave and south transept. It also mentions that it was thoroughly restored in 1899 at the cost of the Earl of Eldon. The living was then annexed to the rectory of Hampnett, with the Earl of Eldon being the sole landowner.

Kelly also provides the information that "William Scott D.C.L. the distinguished Admiralty judge, brother of John Scott, first Earl of Eldon, was created Baron Stowell in 1821, taking his title from this place, which he had purchased from Lord Chedworth"... He died in 1836, leaving an only daughter, Marrianne, who died childless, and the property then descended to the 2nd Earl of Eldon. Stowell Park was enlarged in 1886-98, and a ballroom added 1913; and in 1923 it was the Earl of Eldon's main residence, his London addresses being 43 Portman square, and the Carlton Club.


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 SP0874413070. 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 Stowell, 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 10 Mar 2013 at 12:31.

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This Report was created 20 May 2022 - 22:19:26 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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