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St Mary the Virgin, Barnsley, Gloucestershire

(51°44′40″N, 1°53′18″W)
SP 078 051
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • Jean and Garry Gardiner
  • John Wand
07 Jun 1998

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The church is 12thc in origin. It has alterations and additions from every subsequent century and was thoroughly restored by James Park Harrison in 1843-47 (Verey (1970), 96-97; Verey (1957), 173-78). The surviving 12thc work comprises the chancel arch piers, capitals, and imposts; the exterior corbel table of the chancel now partly within the organ chamber and vestry; a string course; the N doorway; and two windows plus fragments reset into the 19thc E wall of the organ chamber. One of these reset Norman windows, as well as a 13thc two-light window in the nave, was brought from Daglingworth church during the restoration of the latter in 1845 (Keyser (1918-19), 150-53).


Barnsley belonged to the bishopric of Worcester before 822. In 1086 it was held by Durand along with three hides and one yardland as part of the manor of Bibury from the Bishop of Worcester (VCH, 13). The church was built by 1151 and was originally a chapel to Bibury (Cartulary of Oseney Abbey, 26-70).


Exterior Features



Exterior Decoration

String courses
Corbel tables, corbels

Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Interior Decoration

String courses

The simple sawtooth string course (1) reset in the 19thc E wall of the organ chamber may be that removed from the N chancel wall when the vestry was added; it is identical to the string course remaining in the vestry. The chevron voussoir also reset in the E wall of the organ chamber may be from the arch of the blocked S doorway. The undecorated face of the impost of the large corbel reset in the same wall suggests its possible use as a terminal corbel supporting posts for a timber roof.


F. Arnold-Forster Studies in Church Dedications London 1899 III 42

Historic England Listed Building 1303501

C. E. Keyser, 'Visit to the Churches of Barnsley, Bibury, Aldsworth, Winson, Coln Rogers, and Coln St Denys', Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 41 (1918-19), 172-178.

Cartulary of Oseney Abbey, ed. H. E. Salter, Oxford Historical Society, 6 vols, Oxford 1929–36, Vol. VI.

H. Tovey. 1927. Glos Archives GDR F1/1/1927/3

'Transactions in the Fairford District, August 9th to 11th, 1899', Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 22 (1899), 67-68.

David Verey and A. Brooks. The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds (3rd edition) London 1999. 154-155

David Verey, 'Extracts from the Rev. G. Ernest Howman's Account of the Restoration of Barnsley Church, January 1847', Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 76 (1957), 173-78.

David Verey, The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, Harmondsworth 1970. 96-98.

Victoria County History, A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 7, ed. N. M. Herbert (Oxford, 1981), 13-21.

A. de Courcy, A short history of the Church and Village of Barnsley, 1992.