St Mary’s Church

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This is a lovely church set off the B4077 a few miles east of Tewkesbury. Apart from a few houses further down the track, it is completely isolated with nothing but birdsong to disturb the peace. It is surrounded by a church yard containing only one grave as the ground is very waterlogged. Legend says it is that of a boy who drowned and now mischievously haunts the nearby Hobnails Inn.

The church is tiny with a small nave with a single window and an even smaller chancel and belfry.

Opening the door, the inside is an unspoilt Georgian interior with box pews, double decker pulpit with inset marquetry panels and sounding board with a sunburst design on the under side. Below is a big reader’s desk.

There is the remains of a C13th wall painting in the nave which has been over painted with C17th texts.

A small round arch leads into the chancel with wonky altar rail and table altar with several tall floor standing candlesticks around it. There is no electricity in the church. The large plain glass windows help make the church feel light.

The only memorial in the church is to Gulielmus Hill who died in 1786.

This is a lovely small church forgotten by time and deserted by its congregation. It is no longer used and cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust. It is open everyday and there is parking on the verge. Do stop and have a look if passing.

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