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St Michael, Yanworth, Gloucestershire

(51°49′25″N, 1°53′12″W)
SP 079 139
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • John Wand
18 August 2016

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Yanworth lies high on the Cotswolds about nine miles SE of Cheltenham. The village is in a secluded position some way above the River Coln on a tributary valley. The church, which is sited to the E of the village, is built mainly of finely jointed ashlar and comprises a chancel and nave with N transept or chapel, a S porch, and small W tower. Yanworth was a chapelry of Hazleton until becoming a separate parish in 20thc. A continuous moulded plinth indicates that the transept was part of the original late 12thc plan and the N walls of the chancel, transept, and nave retain round-headed windows. The S and blocked N nave doorways date to the 12thc, as also the font bowl. The chancel arch has 12thc origins but has been heavily restored.


The manor of Yanworth originated as an estate held by Gode before the Conquest and by Sigar de Chocques in 1086, when William the Conqueror was said to have exempted three of its five hides from tax. In the 1130s Yanworth was granted to Gloucester abbey and in 1320, as part of an exchange, Gloucester Abbey quitclaimed it to Winchcombe Abbey.


Exterior Features



Exterior Decoration

String courses


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches



Loose Sculpture

  1. F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, vol. 3, London 1899, 318.

Domesday Book. A Complete Translation, ed. by A. Williams, G. H. Martin, London 2003, 471.

Historic England Listed Building 1089831.

  1. M. Salter, The Old Parish Churches of Gloucestershire, Malvern 2008, 156-7.
  1. D. Verey, A. Brooks, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds, London 1999, 766-7.

Victoria County History of Gloucestershire, ed. by N. M. Herbert, vol. 9, London 2001, 91-106.