Alderton, St Margaret's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Saxon font bowl
We know that there was a Saxon chapel here before the Norman Conquest, but the attractive, large church we see today is almost entirely 14th century. That church probably did not include a tower, which was added in the 15th century.
The only surviving feature of the original Saxon church is a worn font bowl, found during Victorian restoration work and now stored rather oddly in the south porch, where I found it jammed in next to the garbage bin.
'His family was, originally, of Middleton Huggefore in Shropshire. They, afterwards, settled in Warwickshire and have since resided at Dixton in this county. In the Possession of considerable estates, above 500 years. Many of his ancestors lie buried in this Chancel. In memory of them, and more especially, in Remembrance of The late Worthy Rector of this Parish. By whose death the male Branch of this ancient House became extinct, this Tablet was erected, By his Executor and Residuary Legatee'.
Just outside the churchyard, a stone's throw from the west tower, is a small timber-framed cottage, whitewashed, with a thatched roof. A blue plaque on the wall tels that this was the residence of Bertha Nind (1883-1977) who wrote her diaries of life in the village while living here from 1901-12. This is just one of the many, many pretty cottages that make Alderton such an attractive village to explore.
Address: Church Road, Alderton, Gloucestershire, England, GL20 8NR
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the end of Church Street. Parking along the street. The church is usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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