Notgrove, St Bartholomew's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Saxon crucifixion carving
In the porch is a 14th century stone coffin, and opposite it in the west porch wall are fragments of 12th century stonework.
The most interesting historic feature of St Bartholomew is a Saxon carving of the Crucifixion, set into a niche on the exterior of the east wall. The niche is almost certainly 15th century, but the Crucifixion scene must be at least 10th century if not earlier.
In the north transept are two very worn effigies of priests. These once stood near the yew tree in the churchyard, but were brought indoors to protect them from further weathering. The church guide suggests that one of the effigies may be that of the last Abbot of Gloucester, brought to Notgrove at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. That seems somewhat unlikely, for the style of the effigies is 14th century.
In the small vestry, off the transept, is a wonderful piece of stained glass depicting the Virgin and Child. This dates to about 1300 AD and is in exceptional condition. There is very good Victorian glass in the south nave and south chancel windows by the famous London firm of Clayton and Bell. The chancel screen is mostly Victorian, but it incorporates pieces of medieval woodwork.
St Bartholomew's church is a gem; a wonderful country church with some extremely interesting historical features. The setting alone is exceptional; its the sort of place where time seems to stand still, where lives meanders on as it has done for century after century.
Address: Notgrove, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, GL54 3BT
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Beside the manor house, just off the Gloucestershire Way path. The church was open when we visited. Free parking area in the village, then a 3 minute stroll to the church.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Visitor Information Centre
Tel: 01451 820 211