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St Mary Magdalene, Baunton, Gloucestershire

(51°44′27″N, 1°58′10″W)
SP 022 047
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • John Wand
2 June 2017

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Baunton is a village located about two miles north of Cirencester by the River Churn. The church is located on the edge of the village on sloping ground. It is built of rubble and ashlar, and consists of a 12thc nave and chancel, with a 15thc porch and 19thc vestry. It is one of a small number of Gloucestershire churches with no E window. The chancel arch is 12thc, and a late medieval font bowl stands on a Romanesque cylindrical font bowl.


In 1086 there were two manors in Baunton: one held by Geoffrey Orlateile (formerly held by Bolli; the other, larger one, by Eadric son of Ketil, who had held the same manor in 1066. The church was built by the Augustinian monks of Cirencester Abbey as a chapel of ease in about 1150.


Interior Features





F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, London 1899, III 44.

The Church of St Mary Magdalen, Baunton (church leaflet)

D. Verey and A. Brooks, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds (3rd edition), New Haven and London 1999, 102-103.

A. Williams and G.H. Martin (ed.), Domesday Book. A Complete Translation, London 2003, 465, 472.