Syde, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Saxon lintel over the south door
The Domesday Book of 1086 tells us that the estate was given to Abbot Ansfrid of Corneilles, in France. Before the end of the 11th century Syde had passed into the hands of the Giffard family, who owned large estates in Gloucestershire and maintained a castle at Brimpsfield, just to the north. When the Giffards lost influence the estate passed to the Lords of Berkeley, who also held a powerful castle on the Severn, further south.
Also 15th century is the lovely crown-post nave roof. Over the Norman chancel arch is a very worn royal coat of arms to Charles II. In the south window is a roundel of 15th century stained glass depicting St James of Compostella. There are a wonderful array of 18th century box pews.
Syde is a lovely little church, in a picturesque Cotswold setting. There are especially outstanding architectural or historic features beyond the Saxon lintel, but it is nevertheless a delightful country church.
Address: Syde, Gloucestershire, England, GL53 9PN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On a minor road just west of the A417 midway between Cirencester and Gloucester. 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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