Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary the Virgin's Church (Private), Boxwell
St Mary the Virgin's Church (Private),
Boxwell Road,
Boxwell, Gloucestershire.


This Church has/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, but we don't know whether or not it is still open.

In comparison with its 'twin' village of Leighterton, which had a Church, a School, a Cemetery and Baptist Chapel, Boxwell is very unassuming. The Church stands in very secluded position adjacent to Boxwell Court; Kelly's Directory of 1923 says it is "an ancient building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, north aisle, south porch and a quaint bell turret, containing 1 bell", and adds that it has a curious Early English font. The parish register, which includes Leighterton, dates from 1548.

The village appears to be dominated by the Box Wood, which Kelly says is "containing a spring said to have been dedicated to the Virgin: nightshade, hemlock, henbane and the sweet-scented flag (which) grow there in great abundance". It adds that "the Old Manor house was the court-house of the Abbots of Gloucester, under whom the Huntleys were lessees and purchased the freehold of Sir Walter Raleigh, to whom it was granted by Queen Elizabeth. During the Civil War it was frequented by Prince Rupert".

Boxwell is no longer sign-posted off the A46, and the road to the church is private, so it is probably now closed. There is, however, a photograph taken some years ago in Phil Draper's Flickr Photostream


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/was located at OS grid reference ST8122792696. 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 Boxwell, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 1 Nov 2013 at 09:07.

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This Report was created 17 May 2022 - 02:25:34 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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