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St Peter's Church, Wapley
St Peter's Church,
Wapley Hill,
Wapley, 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 13th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Wapley as a parish and village, 3 miles south-east from Yate station on the Bristol and Birmingham section of the Midland railway, 3 south from Chipping Sodbury station on the new section of the Great Western railway from Patchway to Wootton Bassett, 9½ north-east from Bristol, and 12 north from Bath. The church of St Peter is described as "an ancient building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 5 bells". The east and west windows are stained.

There is a chapel on the south side belonging to the Codrington family, containing an altar tomb with an inscription to John Codrington esq. d.1475, the founder of that family, who was 111(!) years of age when he died. The church was partially restored in 1862, the repair of the chancel undertaken by the late C.W. Codrington esq. There are 160 sittings, and the registers date from 1662. The living was then a vicarage, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Bristol, and had been held since 1899 by the Rev. Daniel Hezekiah Cogswell M.A. of Edinburgh University. Sir Gerald William Codrington bart. J.P. was then lord of the manor.


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 ST7138279726. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 11 Jan 2014 at 14:25.

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This Report was created 18 May 2022 - 23:47:49 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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