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St Andrew, Chedworth, Gloucestershire

(51°48′30″N, 1°55′33″W)
SP 052 122
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • John Wand
18 August 2016

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Chedworth is one of the more populous Cotswold parishes and lies 6.5 miles NNE of Cirencester. Much of the parish is on the high Cotswolds, but a broad valley, formed by a tributary of the river Coln, is its central feature. The village was established at the head of this valley, where the manor house and church stand on the hillside by a spring. The church, which is built of rubble and ashlar, comprises a chancel with N vestry, nave with N aisle and S porch and a W tower. The lower stage of the tower with its tower arch and a N aisle arcade were built in the late 12thc. There is also a Norman tub font. There is a measured plan of the church in Knowles (1928).


Between 779 and 790 Aldred, under-king of the Hwicce, granted land at Chedworth to Gloucester Abbey. By 1066 the manor was in secular hands when it was held by Wulfweard. After the Conquest it was granted to William FitzOsbern, Earl of Hereford, whose foundation of Lire Abbey in Normandy became owner of the church. Ownership of the manor subsequently passed through a number of families, whilst the Crown dispossessed Lire Abbey of the church during the French wars of the 14thc.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches






Anon. The Church of St Andrew, Chedworth 1983.

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, London 1899 III, 83.

A.Williams and G.H. Martin (ed.) Domesday Book. A Complete Translation London, 2003, 450.

N.M. Herbert (ed). 'Parishes: Chedworth' Victoria County History of Gloucestershire, Vol 7 London 1981, 163-174.

Historic England Listed Building 1090247.

W. H. Knowles 'The Development of Architecture in Gloucestershire in the course of the twelfth century' Trans Bristol and Glos Arch Soc 50, 1928, 57-96.

D. Verey and A. Brooks The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds (3rd edition) London 1999, 221-222.