Stanley Pontlarge, St Michael's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 12th century chancel arch and two doorways
After the Norman Conquest the hamlet passed to Ralph, Earl of Hereford. A descendant of the Earl was Ralph de Sudeley, who in 1140 granted Stanley Pontlarge to his brother. The brother then changed his family name to Tracy.
In 1386 the Abbot appropriated Toddington and the Stanleys for himself, and this record shows the first mention of Stanley Pontlarge by name, though it was called 'Pounde-large'. The term 'pounde' meant an enclosed area of land or water, presumably a reference to the 12th century moat built by the Littles.
I came to Stanley Pontlarge on a late February afternoon, when golden sunshine spread like a glow over the tiny church and the few nearby buildings that make up the hamlet. The aura of peace and antiquity was palpable. The great appeal of St Michael's, aside from the secluded country location, are the pair of 12th century doorways and the chancel arch. These are beautifully carved and in a remarkable state of preservation. St Michael's is an absolute treat to visit.
About Stanley Pontlarge
Address: Stanley Pontlarge, Gloucestershire, England, GL54 5HD
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the end of the road to the Stanley Pontlarge hamlet, off the minor road between Gretton and Gotherington. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Stanley Pontlarge
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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