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St Laurence, Wyck Rissington, Gloucestershire

(51°53′30″N, 1°43′20″W)
Wyck Rissington
SP 192 215
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
medieval St Peter
now St Laurence
  • John Wand
08 August 2016

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Feature Sets

The parish of Wyck Rissington (or Wick Rissington) lies two miles S of Stow-on-the-Wold on the E bank of the river Dikler. The village is situated in the middle of the parish and may have originated as a ‘wick’ or outlying farm. The church, which marks the upper end of the village, is built of ashlar and rubble with a Cotswold stone roof, and consists of a nave of 12thc origin, a distinctive 13thc chancel and tower, a 19thc N porch and a N aisle. The church was extensively altered in 1879 under the direction of John Edward Knight Cutts. Romanesque sculpture consists of the remains of corbel tables in the N and S walls of the nave and the reset N doorway.


According to the Domesday Survey, 'Risedune' was held before the Conquest as four manors, but in 1086 it was united in the possession of Roger de Lacy, whose under-tenant was Hugh, perhaps his brother. It valued £7.5. In 1227 Paulinus of Theydon purchased two hides in the parish and the advowson of the church.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration

Corbel tables, corbels

Frances Arnold-Forster states that the medieval dedication was to St Peter, but VCH says that the Bishop of Worcester consecrated the church in the name of St Laurence in 1269.


Domesday Book. A Complete Translation, ed. by A. Williams, G. H. Martin, London 2003, 462.

D. Verey, A. Brooks, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds, London 1999, 764-5.

Victoria County History of Gloucestershire, vol. 6, ed. by C. R. Elrington, London 1965, 114-20.

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, London 1899, vol. 3, 236.

Historic England Listed Building 1303915.

M. Salter, The Old Parish Churches of Gloucestershire, Malvern 2008, 57.