Turkdean, All Saint's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Norman carvings in the south chancel exterior wall
The prize piece of Romanesque carving, however, is a Norman round-headed arch and tympanum set into the south wall of the chancel. This lovely bit of 12th century carving seems marooned in the later wall, but it does drive home just how old the church is. The doorway has a diapered tympanum set between hoodmoulds with saltire crosses.
Other bits of Norman carvings were embedded in the west wall of the tower, where you can easily see a consecration cross and a stone carved with a diaper pattern. Inside the north porch is a Perpendicular doorway with very worn headstops depicting figures in 15th century dress.
The west tower was rather oddly built inside the west end of the Norman church when the church was rebuilt in the 15th century. You can clearly make out the earlier roof outline inside the nave.
All Saints is usually open daylight hours and is very close to the MacMillan Way long distance trail and not too far off the Oxfordshire Way, which makes it a good stop off point on a walking tour, which is how I found it!
Address: Turkdean, Gloucestershire, England, GL54 3NT
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Turkdean, just off the A40/A429 2 miles north of Northleach. 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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Visitor Information Centre
Tel: 01451 820 211