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St Mary, Upper Swell, Gloucestershire

(51°56′25″N, 1°44′38″W)
Upper Swell
SP177 269
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
medieval unknown
now St Mary
  • John Wand
  • John Wand
16 September 2021

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The Cotswold village of Upper Swell lies to the W of Stow-on-the-Wold and the Foss Way, to the N of its larger neighbour, Lower Swell. The church, which is situated in the centre of the village, consists of a 13thc chancel and a 15th - early 16thc nave and S porch.

The Romanesque elements comprises the S doorway, the restored chancel arch and two windows on the N side of the chancel.


In 1086 Domesday Book records that the manor of 'Suvelle' was held by Evesham Abbey; a priest is also mentioned in the survey, which suggests that there was already a church in the village at that date.


Exterior Features



Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The chevron decoration found on the S doorway is similar in style to the carving of the chancel arch, and this indicates that they are contemporaneous; the nature of the decoration suggests that it is late 12thc in date.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, London 1899, III, 274.

  1. A. Blizard 1828. Lambeth Palace Library ICBS 948

Historic England listing 1221790

  1. M. Salter, The Old Parish Churches of Gloucestershire, Malvern 2008, 146.
  1. D. Verey, A. Brooks, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds, London 1999, 711.

A. Williams, G. H. Martin (eds.), Domesday Book, London 2002, 456.