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St Giles, Uley, Gloucestershire

(51°41′5″N, 2°18′13″W)
ST 791 985
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
medieval St Giles
now St Giles
  • Ron Baxter
  • Kathryn Morrison
  • Ron Baxter
8 June 2021

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Uley is a village in the Stroud district of central Gloucestershire, 5 miles SW of Stroud. It is a long village in the valley of the River Ewelme, and an important centre for cloth production until the 19thc. The church stands towards the E end of the village, and was rebuilt in 1857-58 by S. S. Teulon. It consists of chancel, nave, S aisle, S porch and a tower midway along the nave on the N side.

The old church was the subject of articles in Gloucestershire Notes and Queries, and two sketches published there are reproduced here. The only Romanesque feature here is an old font bowl that was discarded in 1858 in favour of a new one, still in use. The old bowl remained in the church.


In the Domesday Survey, Uley was a berewick of Berkeley, held by the king, but granted by William I to Roger, who took the name of Berkeley from the manor. The Berkeleys tenure of the manor was interrupted once during the Anarchy and again following a revolt against King John, but they retained possession early in the reign of Henry III. In 1086 Uley was assessed at 2 hides, and it remained with the main branch of the family until the reign of Edward III, when it was granted by Maurice, Lord Berkeley to his second son (also called Maurice). Uley has not yet been covered by the Victoria County History, and these detailes are taken from Rudge (1803).





Despite the critical remarkes in Gloucestershire Notes and Queries to the effect that Teulon's church was pretentious and 'more suited for a town than for a retired country village', it is clear that the architect attempted to reproduce such features of the old church as the N tower, and he was responsible for bringing the old font bowl into the new church, from the churchyard where it was languishing.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, 3 vols, London 1899, 289.

Gloucestershire Notes and Queries, Volume 5, 1891-1893, 103-05, 401-04.

Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 131623

T. Rudge, The History of the County of Gloucester compressed and brought down to the year 1803. 2 vols, Gloucester 1803, II, 236-38.

  1. Verey and A. Brooks, The Buildings of England. Gloucestershire 1: The Cotswolds New Haven and London 2002, 702-03.