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St Michael, Eastleach Martin, Gloucestershire

(51°44′48″N, 1°42′31″W)
Eastleach Martin
SP 202 054
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • Jean and Garry Gardiner
  • John Wand
12 June 1998

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The church is of limestone rubble, partly rendered with ashlar dressings. The present nave, S and N doorways, and the chancel responds date from the 12thc. The chancel was rebuilt in the early 13thc and lengthened in the 14thc, when the transept, porch and tower were added. It is now cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust.


In Domesday Book Eastleach Martin is called 'Lece'. The church was granted c.1120 to Great Malvern priory, by Richard, son of Pons, who came to England with William the Conqueror. It was dedicated by the Bishop of Worcester to Saints Michael and Martin soon after Gloucester Abbey acquired the manor in 1144.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The Votive or Dedication Cross is found in identical form within the central tower, S wall, at South Cerney. Another is shown on the replica font at Oldbury-on-Severn in the illustration in Fryer, following p.132.


Anon, The Church of St. Michael and St. Martin (Guidebook), 1996.

Sir Robert Atkyns the Younger. The Ancient and Present State of Glostershire, London 1712, 422-23.

A. C. Fryer, 'Gloucestershire Fonts, Part 6', Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 37 (1914), 107-33.

Historic Englnad Listing ID 1156545

Samuel Rudder, A New History of Gloucestershire, Cirencester 1779, 432.

M. Salter, The Old Parish Churches of Gloucestershire Malvern 2008 66-67

D. Verey, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, Harmondsworth 1970, 221-222.

D. Verey and A. Brooks, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds (3rd edition) London1999 348-349

Victoria County History: A History of the County of Gloucester, Vol.7, Oxford 1981, 55-61.

W.H.T. Wright, Some Notes on the Parishes and Churches of Eastleach Martin, Eastleach Turville and Southrop Private Press 1923

W.H.T. Wright, 'Notes on Eastleach Martin and Eastleach Turville', Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 22 (1899) 115-120