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St Michael the Archangel's Church, Winterbourne
St Michael the Archangel's Church,
Church Lane, BS36 1SE,
Winterbourne, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

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Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1281, and we understand it is still open.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1923, Winterbourne parish contained the tithing of Frenchay, Watley End, and Hambrook. In 1836, it was divided into two for ecclesiastical purposes only - Winterbourne, with the hamlet of Watley End, and Frenchay, with the hamlet of Hambrook; and in 1861, a fresh district was created, called "All Saints", Winterbourne Down,

The church of St Michael was described as "a building of stone in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel with aisle, nave of five bays, south porch, and a tower on the south side with pinnacles and a spire, in the Early Decorated style and containing a clock and 6 bells". The chapel under the belfry was decorated with wall paintings in the 14th century, portions of which remain. The chancel aisle is the property of the lord of the manor, and was rebuilt in 1880 by W. Tanner esq. to whom the west window is a memorial. The window under the belfry, presented by him, commemorates his wife and daughter. The stained east window is a memorial to the Rev. John Walker Jones, for 30 years curate of the parish. There is a finely carved reredos. In the chapel are three effigies of knights in full armour, one of which, on a canopied tomb, represents Hugh de Sturden, commonly known as "Hickenstern", d.1380. There are others of females; and also the brass of a lad, c.1370, the oldest extant in Gloucestershire, to Blanche, widow of Robert Bradstone, 1391-2. The canopy and marginal inscription are lost.

The body of the church was rebuilt in 1842 and again in 1880. A Mission Room of St Michael's was erected in 1881, and had seating for 250.

Today (2018), St Michael's belongs to the Fromeside Benefice of Churches, which also includes St Peter (Frampton Cotterell), St James the Less (Iron Acton), and All Saints (Winterbourne Down).


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 ST6413981008. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 4 Nov 2018 at 14:35.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 18:06:35 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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