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Christ Church, Gorsley, Newent
Christ Church,
Gorsley, Newent, 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 1892, and we understand it is still open.

A page for Christ Church on Gorsley Village website, describes how Christ Church was erected in 1892 on land donated by Trustees of the Onslow Estate, who owned a large part of the area. Its foundation stone was laid on 3rd May 3rd 1892 by a Miss Onslow of Newent, and stone used for building was taken from a quarry belonging to Mr. Onslow.

The story is taken up in Kelly's Directory of 1897. Gorsley with Clifford's Mesne is described as 2 miles south west from Newent station, on the Gloucester and Ledbury section of the Great Western railway, and in the civil parish of Newent. It was formed into an ecclesiastical district in 1872, from Newent and Linton, Herefordshire; which may well explain what now may appear to be a "split personality" county-wise, some sources saying Gorsley village is in Gloucestershire, and others that it's in Herefordshire!

Kelly confirms Christ Church was erected in 1892, at a cost of £1,500 and consecrated by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese in July 1893. It describes it as a cruciform edifice of local stone, with Bath stone dressings, in the Early English style, from designs by Messrs. Rollinson, architects of Chesterfield, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, organ chamber and a western turret containing one bell. The stained east window is a memorial to Mrs. Onslow, late of Stardens, Newent; and the carved oak pulpit was the work and gift of Miss Emma Onslow, of Great Malvern, sister of Captain Onslow of Newent. There are 300 sittings.

The living was said to be a vicarage, with residence, built in 1876, in the gift of the rector of Newent, "who has two turns, and the vicar of Linton one turn". In 1897, it had been held since 1891 by the Rev. Solomon Richard Cambie, who resided at Gorsley. Kelly also mentions "an excellent quarry of red sandstone, well adapted for building purposes".

Note: The Baptist Chapel in Gorsley is recorded in the Herefordshire section of this database.


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 SO6865725768. 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 Gorsley, Newent, 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 21 Nov 2018 at 14:38.

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This Report was created 29 May 2022 - 03:10:20 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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