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St Bartholomew, Winstone, Gloucestershire

(51°46′56″N, 2°3′7″W)
SO965 093
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • John Wand
  • John Wand
4 June 2019

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Winstone is situated on one of the highest parts of the Cotswolds about 5.5 miles NW of Cirencester. The church and manor house lie to the E of the present village. The church, which is sited on a gentle slope, is built of limestone rubble with a stone roof and consists of a chancel with N vestry, nave with S porch, and W tower. The nave dates from the later 11thc and retains its original N and S doorways and chancel arch. Like a number of other nearby churches, Winstone has no E window. The building was restored by Frederick Sandham Waller in 1876 when the chancel was largely rebuilt. Romanesque sculptural evidence consists in the S and N doorways and in the chancel arch.


In 1086 the manor of 'Winstone' was held by Ansfrid de Cormeilles who had received it on his marriage to a niece of Walter de Lacy. The overlordship of the manor descended with the honor of Cormeilles, passing, at the division of the honour in the early 13thc among the daughters of Walter de Cormeilles, to Godfrey of Craycombe.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

William Henry Knowles, Harold and Joan Taylor consider the N doorway to exhibit more Anglo-Saxon features than the S doorway, which they agree exhibits Saxo-Norman features. Knowles contains detailed drawings of both doorways and the chancel arch. The moulding of the imposts on the S doorway and chancel arch match and indicate that they were built in the same building campaign as, doubtless, was also the N doorway. The small carving above the N doorway is considered by Richard Bryant to be late medieval.


N. M Herbert (ed.), 'Parishes: Winstone', in Victoria County History of Gloucestershire, vol. 11, London 1976, 145-51.

Historic England listing 1088409.

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H. M. Taylor and J. Taylor, Anglo-Saxon Architecture, vol. 1, Cambridge 1965, 672-3.

W. H. Knowles, 'Winstone Church, Gloucestershire', The Archaeological Journal, 85 (1928), 176-87.

  1. M. Salter, The Old Parish Churches of Gloucestershire, Malvern 2008, 153.

Anon.nd., St Bartholomew's Church Winstone, Private Press.

  1. D. Verey and A. Brooks. The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds, London 1999, 739-40.

Anon., 'Winstone Church', The Builder, 34 (1876), 324, 498.