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St Mary, Great Witcombe, Gloucestershire

(51°49′54″N, 2°7′50″W)
Great Witcombe
SO 911 148
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • John Wand
08 June 2015

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Great Witcombe is a small rural parish lying in the Severn plain at the bottom of the Cotswold scarp about 9 km SSW of Cheltenham. It is best known for the large high status Roman villa discovered in 1818 and now in the care of English Heritage. The church of St Mary is situated on a level site in the centre of the small village. The building consists of a late 12thc nave and chancel built with squared and dressed limestone, a N aisle added in the 15thc, and W tower rebuilt in the 18thc. The chancel arch is Romanesque and there are Romanesque sculptural fragments incorporated in the S wall of the chancel.


The manor is not recorded in Domesday Book, and little seems to be known about the medieval history of the settlement.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The Historic England listing suggests that the fragments of 12thc sculpture incorporated in the S chancel wall might indicate that it has been partially rebuilt. The aisle is set at a slight angle to the nave so as to accommodate the passageway between the chancel and the aisle.


D. Verey, The Buildings of England. Gloucestershire. The Vale and Forest of Dean. London 1970, 256-257.

Historic England Listed Building 1091745.

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications. London 1899, III, 303.