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St Lawrence, Barnwood, Gloucestershire

(51°51′27″N, 2°12′27″W)
SO 858 177
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • John Wand
2 Oct 2018

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Barnwood is now a suburb of Gloucester and lies about 2 miles ESE of the city centre on the route of Ermine Street. The church and nearby manor house are about 300 metres S of Ermine Street on level ground. St Lawrence consists of a chancel with a N chapel, a nave with an E bell cote, a N aisle and a porch, and a W tower. Parts of the nave date from the 12thc; the church was restored in 1873 to the designs of Waller when the S wall of the nave was rebuilt. The Romanesque elements comprise the S doorway and the chancel arch, whilst the N doorway is a neo-Romanesque reconstruction.


In 1086 Barnwood was part of Gloucester Abbey’s Barton manor. It later became a separate manor, although it remained in the ownership of the Abbey until the Dissolution.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The use of alternating white limestone and green sandstone seen in the S doorway can also be found at Twyning church, approximately 10 miles NNE of Barnwood.


R. Brandon and J.A. Brandon, Parish Churches, II London 1851, 13-4.

Victoria County History of Gloucestershire, IV, London 1988, 410-20.

D. Verey and A. Brooks, The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire 2; The Vale and The Forest of Dean, London 2002, 166-7.

J. Hooper, A Cotswold Gem, Private Press 1986.

F. S. Waller, Lambeth Palace Library ICBS 7532, 1873.

Historic England Building listing 1271586.

A.Williams and G.H. Martin (eds.), Domesday Book. A Complete Translation, London 2003, 454.

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