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St Mary, Lasborough, Gloucestershire

St Mary church, Tetbury GL8 8UF, United Kingdom (51°38′43″N, 2°15′32″W)
ST 822 941
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • Rita Wood
  • Rita Wood
04 August 2019

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Lasborough church and Manor are in the upper part of a valley in the Cotswold escarpment that drains SW towards Alderley; they are about four miles W of Tetbury.

The medieval parish church comprised a chancel, a nave and a N porch, but by the 1820s it was decayed, open to animals and used for storage. In 1861-2 the church was entirely rebuilt ‘on the old lines’ but following designs by Lewis Vulliamy; it has chancel, nave, S porch and a bellcote (VCH 11, 293; Verey 2002).

There is a cylindrical font from the original church. It had been replaced by a new font in 1861, had stood in the churchyard until 1903 and was given to Great Witcombe, but it was eventually reinstated; the pillar is also original (Fryer 1913, 172). There may be an old altar slab in the vestry, but this was not seen by the fieldworker (VCH 11, 293).


The manor of Lasborough, which Lewin held in 1066, passed to Gilbert, bishop of Lisieux whose tenant in 1086 was Hugh Maminot. His daughter Alice married Ralph de Keynes, whose descendants held the overlordship of the manor until the early 14thc (VCH 11, 287).

Lasborough had a priest, and presumably a church, in 1086; in the 13thc it was a rectory in the gift of the lord of the manor (VCH 11, 292).





The collar below the rim of the font and its tub shape recall the font at Owlpen.

  1. A. C. Fryer, "Gloucestershire Fonts, Part 5", Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society , 36 (1913), 168-81.

Victoria County History: 11, Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976).

  1. D. Verey and A. Brooks, Gloucestershire 1: the Cotswolds, New Haven 2002, 434.