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St Edward, Evenlode, Gloucestershire

(51°57′35″N, 1°40′47″W)
SP 221 291
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
medieval St Edward
now St Edward
  • John Wand
20 July 2018

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Feature Sets

Evenlode, now in Gloucestershire, was a detached part of Worcestershire until 1931. The village lies on the slope of a hill on the left bank of the river Evenlode. The church, which is built of coursed squared and dressed limestone and sandstone, is located at the bottom of this slope, close to the manor house. The church consists of a chancel, 12thc. nave, short S aisle, west tower and 19thc. porch and organ chamber. The chancel arch is Romanesque.


The earliest reference to Evenlode church occurs in 1270, when Godfrey Giffard, bishop of Worcestor, commanded William de Saltmarsh to be presented to the church (Willis Bund 1902, 39, 48). In 1301, however, the church was in the possession of the lord of the manor, Richard Deyvile (Willis Bund 1902, 547), and the church remained in the custody of his descendants and successors. At the beginning of the 12thc., the estate was a member of the bishop of Worcester's manor of Bockley. In the 1150s, however, John, bishop of Worcester, conveyed the estate to Hugh Poer, who had married his niece (Willis Bund 1913). The 12thc. church was very likely constructed either by one of the early 12thc. bishops of Worcester or by the layman Hugh Poer.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The disjunction of the two crown voussoirs suggests that the chancel arch has been rebuilt possibly in the 14thc. There is also some disturbance on the left hand side of the voussoirs. The small ledge and chamfer beneath the capital on the W face of each pier suggests that this face has been cut back.


F. Arnold-Forster Studies in Church Dedications, London, 1899, III, 119.

Historic England Building listing 1089794.

D. Verey and A. Brooks. The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds (3rd edition) London, 1999, 359.

A. Williams and G. H. Martin (ed.) Domesday Book. A Complete Translation London, 2003, 478.

J. W. Willis Bund (ed) 'Parishes: Evenlode' The Victoria History of the County of Worcester, Vol III, London, 1913, 347-352.

J. W. Willis Bund, The Register of Godfrey Giffard, Bishop of Worcester, September 23rd, 1268, to January 26th, 1302, 2 vols, Worcestershire Historical Society, 11--12 (1902).