St Mary, St Peter and St Paul

 

This is an extraordinarily large church, dating from about 1300. An unusual feature is a detached stone tower, possibly built about 50 years before this. The impressive, and possibly unique, spire was added within the following 100 years and is made entirely of wood. Looking up inside, it resembles a giant spider’s web of timber. The tower contains six bells, the heaviest ring of six in Gloucestershire. The church has a fine collection of Victorian stained glass windows by well-known firms including Clayton and Bell, Kemps and Tower, and an interesting Norman font with an Elizabethan base.

The project is necessary due to rotting old oak shingles on the spire. These were removed under a previous project which was then unable to cope with the vastly increased financial burden of the additional structural problems which became evident. The effect of this was to have to clothe the newly restored spire in plastic sheeting. New oak shingles will now be fitted.

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