Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Church, Woodchester
St Mary's Church,
Church Road, GL5 5PD,
Woodchester, 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 1863, and we understand it is still open.

Designed by S.S. Teulon for 2nd Earl of Ducie, dating from 1863-4, St Mary's Church is now a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. The church's own website tells us that the church was consecrated on 24th September, 1863, the service being delayed as the Bishop of Gloucester missed the train and had to make the journey on horseback!

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes St Mary's as "a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave of five bays, north aisle, south porch and a tower, with spire, containing a clock and chimes". The latter, it notes, were presented by Mrs. and the Misses Cholmeley at Christmas in 1877. The 7 stained glass windows were erected from designs by S.S. Teulon, architect of London. The stained west window, a memorial to George Paul, who died in 1880, was erected by his son Edward John Dean Paul in 1886. A number of ancient monuments were transferred from the old church. These include two monuments to Nathaniel Peach (1719), his son (1780), and wife (1765). In the baptistry are life-sized recumbent effigies of Sir George Huntley kt. (1622) and Eleanor (Winter), his wife. There is also a monument to Robert Bridges, d.1722.

The parish registers date from 1563, and in 1923 the living was said to be a rectory in the gift of Simeon's trustees, and held since 1921 by the Rev. William Laporte Payne, of London College of Divinity.


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 SO8397402666. 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 Woodchester, 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 8 Jun 2017 at 12:50.

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This Report was created 29 May 2022 - 03:25:51 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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