Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Shipton Sollars
St Mary the Virgin's Church,
Shipton Sollars, Gloucestershire.


This Church 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, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

According to The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) the parish of St Mary the Virgin Shipton Sollars was united with Shipton Oliffe by Act of Parliament in 1776. The two churches appear nevertheless to have kept separate registers, apart from the period 1785-1800, where baptisms and burials are in a combined register; however these are all kept under the one Gloucestershire Archives reference: P290.

An inscription 'I R 1212' left of chancel arch may record the foundation of the church in that year during the reign of King John (Ioannis Rex). The church was restored in 1884-5 for Mr. Fieldhouse of Shipton Sollars Manor, and again in 1930. More details are available on the British Listed Buildings website, whilst The King's England series for Gloucestershire, by Arthur Mee (publication date unknown, probably 1950s) provides this rather more picturesque account of the stained glass:

"One window has fragments of 15th century glass, and another has glass of our time showing a Cotswold house with sheaves of corn before it, and a ship in full sail, as if carrying to Shipton the good news that her house of prayer is beautiful again."


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 was located at OS grid reference SP0312918474. 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 Shipton Sollars, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 19 Mar 2011 at 11:58.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 18:26:48 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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