Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Syde
St Mary the Virgin's Church,
Syde Village,
Syde, 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 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

The parish of Syde is among the oldest and smallest in England. 364 acres at the time of Domesday, 628 now, although the size of acres differ between the years.

A church may have existed before Norman times, evidenced by some Saxon styling around the now closed South doorway. The church itself is predominantly Norman in construction, dating from the early 12th century, and a Grade I Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

The 15th century font is typical of the period, although the stem is unusual, consisting of five chamfered faces.

Above the chancel arch is a much defaced Royal Arms of Charles ll, occupying the place of doom.

The saddleback tower is in a style frequently found in the area and was added in the late 13th, or early 14th century. The tower houses 3 bells, the smallest being cast by Rudhalls of Gloucester, who hung all three bells.

Its interior has avoided a 19th century Victorian restoration, so retains earlier features, for example 18th century box-pews.

Note the final photograph in our series, which shows some really massive stones covering graves, or vaults.
[Source: John Williams/Rosemary Lockie]


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 SO9492310824. 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 Syde, 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 1 May 2012 at 11:31.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2021 - 00:18:14 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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