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St Joseph's RC Church, Nympsfield
St Joseph's RC Church,
Tinkley Lane,
Nympsfield, 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 before 1883, and we understand it is still open.

St Joseph's Church in Nympsfield, like St Dominic's in Dursley, owes its foundation to William Leigh. In 1845, Leigh bought an estate in Woodchester, formerly the site of a Dominican Priory, and between 1846-49 he restored its chapel.

He invited firstly the Passionate Fathers, and then the Dominicans to serve his chapel, and the Dominicans went on to establish other communities in the area. The Blessed Dominic Barberi, who Leigh met at the George Inn in Frocester in 1846 ministered for a time in Nympsfield. The house where he is known to have said Mass in 1847 is now known as Barberi Cottage.

From 1852 Mass was celebrated in the Red Lion, now called Chapel House. The Dominicans served the area until 1932, when the diocese took over responsibility for the parish.

St Joseph's is an intriguing building, and though said by the church's website to have been built in 1923, has the appearance of antiquity. Inside is a 15th century font, and there is a 12th century niche in the Lady chapel. And Old Maps, for instance OS 1883 1:2,500 show a R.C. Chapel already in existence on the site. [Source: St Dominic's Dursley and St Joseph's Nympsfield website]


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 SO8006700656. 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 Nympsfield, 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 24 Jan 2019 at 13:58.

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This Report was created 1 Jul 2022 - 05:49:48 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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