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St Andrew, Miserden, Gloucestershire

(51°46′43″N, 2°5′44″W)
SO 935 089
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • John Wand
11 Aug 2016

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Miserden lies about five miles north-east of Stroud. The church, which stands on a steep hillside overlooking the River Frome, is mostly built of rubble with freestone dressings and stone tiled roofs. It consists of a chancel with N vestry and S chapel, nave with N and S chapels and 14thc S porch, and 15thc W tower. The nave is 11thc and retains the outlines of the original round-headed north and south doorways. The chancel is 12thc and contains a Romanesque window in the north wall. There is a reset 12thc window in the E wall of the S chapel and a blocked window in the S wall of the tower. The font is also Romanesque.


Domesday records that in 1066 Greenhampstead, as Miserden was then known, was held by Ernesige. In 1086 it was in the possession of Hasculf Musard. The Musard family retained the manor until the early 14thc. Miserden derives from la Musarder, taken from this family’s name.


Exterior Features





The N and S doorways are described by Taylor and Taylor and, most recently, by Bryant.


Anon. The Parish Church of St Andrew Miserden, Private Press.

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, London 1899, 203.

R. Bryant, The Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, Vol. 10; The Western Midlands, London 2012, 231-232.

H.M. Taylor and J. Taylor, Anglo-Saxon Architecture, Vol .1, Cambridge 1965, 430-431.

A History of the County of Gloucestershire, Vol. 11,London 1976, 47-56.

D. Verey and A. Brooks, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds, 3rd ed., London 1999, 485-486.

A. Williams and G.H. Martin (ed.) Domesday Book. A Complete Translation, London 2003 469