Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Tetbury
St Mary the Virgin's Church,
The Green, GL8 8DN,
Tetbury, 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 681, and we understand it is still open.

St Mary the Virgin's Church is a Grade I Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

Surprisingly the present building is not that old, built in 1781 by Francis Hiorn of Warwick, but it replaced a much earlier building. The church's own website says there has been a place of Christian worship since at least 681AD, and the spire survives from the medieval building which predated Hiorn's design.

It was a difficult church to photograph as it is a very large church on a relatively small plot, and with plenty of trees shielding the edges of the site. And where they weren't, the position of the sun precluded photographing.

Inside is very special. The box pews and gallery are worthy of note, also the slenderest of pillars holding up the roof. However, not only are they very slender, they are also made out of wood!!!

A really nice church to visit. Light and airy. [Sources: Rosemary Lockie/John Williams]


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 ST8904192955. 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 Tetbury, 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 Aug 2011 at 19:09.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 14:13:42 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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