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St Bartholomew, Newington Bagpath, Gloucestershire

(51°39′6″N, 2°16′2″W)
Newington Bagpath
ST 816 948
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • Rita Wood
  • Rita Wood
04 August 2019

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There is and was no place called Newington Bagpath: Newington and Bagpath are two small settlements in the upper part of valleys in the Cotswolds escarpment, about 3 miles ENE of Wotton-under-Edge; the medieval church was apparently built to serve both. It has chancel, a nave and a W tower, the chancel being entirely rebuilt by Samuel Sanders Teulon in 1858, while the nave and tower are medieval.

The church was closed in the 1970s, and cleared of its contents, chiefly Teulon-related items (see Comments for description of the church before closure). The church was deconsecrated and sold after a protracted process in 1990. Nothing has been done to the building since it was sold (information from Natalie Fenner at the Gloucester Diocesan Office, August 2019).

There was possibly a N doorway and a font of our period: the doorway is inaccessible behind undergrowth, and the font is reported to be wrapped in a tarpaulin and outside the N transept of the church at Kingscote (information from Newington Bagpath churchwarden September 2019).


Near the church is a sizeable motte (Verey 1976, 332).


David Verey (1976, 332) describes 'a simple and ancient nave and W tower, with a chancel entirely rebuilt in 1858 by S. S. Teulon'. The tower is described as 'rendered and without architectural features'. The blocked N doorway is described as 'probably Norman and built of tufa', while 'under the tower is a cylindrical bowl, mutilated so as to fit into a corner angle'.

The current edition (Verey et al. 2002) says ‘The church, in its isolated situation, is a sad sight at the time of writing – abandoned, boarded up and becoming derelict.’

The tower looks as though it was a Norman tower, but openings have been modified.

  1. F. E. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, III, London 1899.
  1. D. Verey, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire: the Vale and Forest of Dean, London 1970 (2nd edition 1976), 332.
  1. D. Verey and A. Brooks Gloucestershire 1: the Cotswolds (3rd edition extensively revised), New Haven 2002, 505-6.