Rendcomb - St Peter's church
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Rendcomb is an attractive village located just off the A435 between Cheltenham and Cirencester. The manor house of Rendcomb is now a school, and jostling up against the school property is the small parish church of St Peter.
The church exterior is attractive but unremarkable, composed of a square west tower and battlemented nave, with a south porch. The church dates to the 12th century, but much of what we see today dates to a comprehensive rebuilding in 1517.
The north wall of the nave was rebuilt in the 16th century but there are still 3 Norman pillars preserved in the fabric of the wall. The striking rood screen looks medieval, and in a sense, it is. In the Victorian period the 15th century screen was rebuilt, and reassembled using the original wood, with cast-iron used to reinforce the older material.
In the chancel is a fanciful scrolled Baroque memorial to a young daughter of the Berkeley family who died, aged only 18. The altar rails are 16th century, but they, too have been reconstructed in Victorian times.
If you have the time, take a wander around the village of Rendcomb. It is an attractive place, somewhat overshadowed by the presence of Rendcomb school, which used to be the manor house. Some of the manor buildings are quite attractive, such as the stable block, on the road through the village.
Address: Rendcomb, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Just off the A435 5 miles north of Cirencester. The church is located just inside the road leading to Rendcomb School.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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