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Church of the Holy Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Owlpen, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.684 / 51°41'2"N

Longitude: -2.2909 / 2°17'27"W

OS Eastings: 379985

OS Northings: 198402

OS Grid: ST799984

Mapcode National: GBR 0LX.9MN

Mapcode Global: VH953.7XRX

Plus Code: 9C3VMPM5+JJ

Entry Name: Church of the Holy Cross

Listing Date: 30 June 1961

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1091064

English Heritage Legacy ID: 133144

Location: Owlpen, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL11

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Owlpen

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Uley with Owlpen and Nympsfield

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Church of the Holy Cross


Parish church. 1828-30 by Samuel Manning; altered 1874-5 by J.P.
St Aubyn. Tower rebuilt 1912. Coursed and dressed limestone;
stone slate roof. Wide aisleless nave, chancel, west tower and
south porch. Moulded pointed arched south doorway, timber framed
porch dated 1897 and added for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee,
this having openwork carved barge boards and traceried windows.
Two 3-light pointed nave windows to right with Decorated tracery;
one similar window on north side. Polygonal east end to chancel
with diagonal buttresses; single-light window with quatrefoil
tracery to each side. Gabled north vestry. Two-stage tower with
diagonal offset west buttresses, 2-light belfry openings;
crenellated parapet.
Interior: wide nave with coved plaster ceiling; at centre a
timber ribbed grille with carved timber bosses. Moulded pointed
tower arch and wider chancel arch with carved screen. Elaborately
decorated chancel, walls covered with inlaid mosaics by Powell of
Whitefriars Glass Works, alabaster reredos, encaustic tiled floor
and richly painted arched braced collar truss roof with 2 tiers of
windbracing, all of 1887. Trefoil rere-arches to windows. Trefoil
arched aumbry recess and sedile with adjoining piscina recess.
Interior of tower treated as baptistery, walls also decorated by
Powell mosaics, including mother-of-pearl inlay to splayed window
jambs, this added 1913. Norman font bowl on later base.
Monuments, some dating from early C19, on north wall of nave. Good
stained glass, much of c1887 by Powell. Other nave windows by
Heaton, Butler and Bayne. A modest church with good late Victorian
and Edwardian interior, in a prominent position and grouping well
with Owlpen Manor (q.v.).
(C.N. Mander, Church Guide, 1980; D. Verey, Cotswold Churches,
1976 and Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979)

Listing NGR: ST7998598402

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