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Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade I Listed Building in Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.6353 / 51°38'7"N

Longitude: -2.1597 / 2°9'34"W

OS Eastings: 389043

OS Northings: 192959

OS Grid: ST890929

Mapcode National: GBR 1P0.DSB

Mapcode Global: VH95K.J535

Plus Code: 9C3VJRPR+44

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 21 March 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1153076

English Heritage Legacy ID: 128434

Location: Tetbury, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, GL8

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Tetbury

Built-Up Area: Tetbury

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Tetbury St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Anglican parish church. 1781 by Francis Hiorn of Warwick, tower
rebuilt 1890/1 by Waller, on site of medieval church. Ashlar,
hipped slate and Cotswold stone slate roof with embattled parapet.
Elegant Gothic Revival. Large 7-bay rectangular hall church with
single storey additional "aisles" on either side, giving access to
the box pews at the outer edges of the nave, and with single
central projecting chancel bay at east end and tower bay at west
end. West tower is the rebuilt medieval tower of 5 stages with
pinnacles and recessed spire. Rounded stair well with slit
openings projecting in north east corner and stepped diagonal
buttresses to remaining corners. 2-light belfry louvres on each
face, with gargoyles to west and south, clock face to north only,
elaborate ogee louvres to lowest stage of spire to north, west and
south. West wall has tall 4-light window and large arched doorway.
North and south "aisles" with 3 single trefoil lights to each bay
and embattled parapet. Nave has very tall windows of 4 lights with
Perpendicular-type tracery and shields in spandrels. Chancel bay
has 3 tall blind lancets to north and south and 5-light east
window, with clasped buttresses.
Interior: sexpartite rib vault supported by very slender clustered
colonettes in wood around central wooden core, with smaller version
supporting U-shape gallery at west end with narrow trefoil head
panelled front. Nave retains original box pews with carved
panelled doors, with access to side pews through pointed arch
panelled doors from side aisle passages. Original reredos flanks
an altarpiece by Benjamin West. 2 contemporary brass chandeliers
hang in nave. Stained glass by Wailes, except one by Clayton and
Bell. Some original fittings were removed in 1900. Very fine
collection of wall monuments in white and grey marble, grouped
mainly in north east corner and in gallery. Tower contains
monuments to Paul family; in west passage by north west door,
monument to Saunders family of Upton Grove (q.v.). Some remnants
of medieval effigies from original church in north aisle passage.
(David Verey, Buildings of England; Gloucestershire - The
Cotswolds, 1979).

Listing NGR: ST8905292957

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