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St Michael and All Angels, Bulley, Gloucestershire

(51°52′34″N, 2°20′49″W)
SO 762 198
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Hereford
now Gloucester
  • Ron Baxter
17 June 2009

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Bulley is a small settlement in the NW of the county, 5 miles W of Gloucester and 10 miles E of Ross-on Wye, on the N side of the main A40 road that links the two places. As the VCH pithily has it, there is no village. It is associated with Churcham, a larger settlement a mile to the S. The church consists of a chancel with a N vestry, a nave with a N porch. There is a tall bell turret with a narrow spire over the W gable of the nave. Construction is of rubble with squared quoins at the corners of nave and chancel. The church dates from the 12thc, see the chancel arch, the plain lancet windows in the N, S and W walls, and the S nave doorway. The font is also 12thc, and the church was restored in 1886 by S. Gambier-Parry.


A manor of 4 hides was held by Walter the Crossbowman in 1086, that had been held by Tovi in 1066. The subsequent descent of the manor is unclear, but in the early 12thc Ralph Peveral, also known as Ralph Bluet, confirmed a grant of half a hide in Bulley to Gloucester Abbey, by William of Bulley. The lordship passed to Hugh de Lacy (d.1186) and thence to his son Walter (d.1241).


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




There are links to the work of the Dymock School, especially in the capitals of the S doorway and the bases of the S doorway and chancel arch. Gethyn Jones places the work in his later (1124-45) period.


E. Gethyn-Jones, The Dymock School of Sculpture,London and Chichester, 1979, 48-49.

Historic England Listed building 125543

Victoria County History: Gloucestershire XIII. Online text in progress, Bulley, March 2015.

D. Verey, The Buildings of England. Gloucestershire: the Vale and the Forest of Dean,London 1970 (2nd ed. 1976), 117-18.