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Holy Rood, Daglingworth, Gloucestershire

(51°44′37″N, 2°0′41″W)
SO 993 050
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
medieval Holy Rood
now Holy Rood
  • John Wand
8 June 2016

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Feature Sets

Daglingworth lies some three miles NW of Cirencester. The church, which is on a level site close to the present manor house, consists of a nave, chancel, S porch, perpendicular W tower and 19thc N aisle and vestry. The only Romanesque feature is an altar, originally set in the W face of a former cross wall in the nave some 4.52m above floor level, and now set into the N wall of the chancel.


The manor is not recorded in the Domesday Book. Bazeley states that Ralph de Bloet held the manor in the reign of Henry II.


Interior Features


The Anglo-Saxon origin of the church is indicated by the S doorway and the long-and-short quoins visible at three corners of the nave. The chancel arch is also of Anglo-Saxon origin, but was rebuilt in 1845-50 when the chancel was reconstructed and the N aisle and vestry added. It was during this restoration that three carved panels were found when the jambs of the chancel arch were dismantled. The panels have most recently been described by Bryant who dates them to the late 10thc or early 11thc.

The position of the altar prior to the restoration in 1845-50 is shown in an elevation plan of the cross wall in Taylor and Taylor taken from a drawing by Buckler.


Anon. The Church of the Holy Rood, Daglingworth (Private Press, 2005).

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, London 1899, III, 102.

W. Bazeley, ‘Notes on the manor, advowson and church of Daglingworth’ Transactions of the Bristol and Glostershire Archaeological Society, 12 (1887-8), 60-69.

R. Bryant, The Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture Vol X; The Western Midlands, British Academy, 2012, 108-110, 155-61.

J.C. Buckler, Architectural Drawings, Vol LXXXIV, 1854, BM Addl MS 36.438 53.

Historic England Listed Building 1090207.

W.H. Knowles, ‘The development of architecture in Gloucestershire to the close of the twelfth century’ Transactions of the Bristol and Glostershire Archaeological Society, 50 (1928), 57-96.

H. M. Taylor, and J. Taylor, Anglo-Saxon Architecture Vol I, Cambridge University Press 1965, 187-9.

D. Verey and A. Brooks, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds (3rd edition), Penguin Books 1999, 308-9.

J. Wand, ‘Daglingworth Church: Some New Observations’ Glevensis 48 (2015), 30-34.