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St Nicolas, Cherington, Gloucestershire

(51°41′9″N, 2°8′30″W)
ST 903 986
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • John Wand
20 Jun 2017

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The Cotswold village of Cherington lies 4 miles NE of Tetbury. The church, which is built of rubble and ashlar, has a 13thc chancel, nave with N porch and S transept and a W tower. The surviving 12thc elements consist of the font, a piscina and a tympanum above the N doorway.


An estate of two hides at Cherington was held by Haminc before the Conquest. It was held later by Robert Doyley, lord of Wallingford, who in 1074 endowed his foundation of St. George's chapel in Oxford castle with two-thirds of his demesne tithes at Cherington. Robert's son-in-law Miles Crispin held the estate in 1086 when his tenant was Goiffred. The manor continued to be held from the honour of Wallingford during the Middle Ages.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration




Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


The church was restored in 1816 and again in 1881. The plan from the 1881 faculty is in Gloucestershire Archives (Clutterbuck); Salter also has a plan.


Anon. A Short Introduction to the Church of St Nicholas, Cherington, Private Press.

F. Arnold-Forster Studies in Church Dedications. London 1899, III, 83.

J. Clutterbuck. 1881. Glos Archives D2593/2/36.

N.M. Herbert (ed). 'Parishes: Cherington', Victoria County History of Gloucestershire, Vol 11. London 1976, 166-175.

Historic England Building listing 1088838.

M. Salter. The Old Parish Churches of Gloucestershire. Malvern 2008, 44.

D. Verey and A. Brooks. The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds (3rd edition) .London 1999, 225-226.

A.Williams and G.H. Martin (ed.) Domesday Book. A Complete Translation. London, 2003, 469.