Forthampton shown within Gloucestershire
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Forthampton is a village in Gloucestershire, England in the Cotswolds area. The village is located close to the River Severn five miles from the market town of Tewkesbury and features "a great number of interesting buildings", several duck ponds, a church, a collection of thatched cottages and farmsteads, a village hall and a working men's club.
Forthampton is home to the church of St Mary the Virgin. This church is part of the wider Severnside Benefice, which comprises the Parishes of Chaceley, Forthampton, Deerhurst with Apperley, and Tredington with Stoke Orchard and Hardwicke. The Benefice is set in the Severn Vale, and is part of the Diocese of Gloucester.
The church consists of a nave, chancel, north aisle, west tower, and south porch. The tower is 13th Century with massive diagonal west buttresses and a stair-vice on the north-east corner. The tower has three stages and a plain parapet. The font is a memorial to Susan Plumtre who died in 1849. It is elaborately fashioned in stone and marbles. There is stained glass in the church - in the west window of the north aisle - by Clayton & Bell, 1862. The chancel was restored in 1864-6 by William Burges, who also added the reredos, the altar rails, and some stained glass.
In the churchyard, there is a whipping post and stocks, west of the church. The post has manacles and stocks for three.
The village hall
Forthampton village hall is used for a range of social and community activities including hosting Parish Council meetings and regular whist drive evenings.
A medieval residence of the Bishops of Tewkesbury with many subsequent alterations including work by Anthony Keck in the eighteenth century and substantial re-modelling and additions by Philip Webb in 1889-92.
- Verey, David; Brooks, Alan (2002) . Gloucestershire 2: The Vale and the Forest of Dean. The Buildings of England. Yale University Press. ISBN 0 300 09733 6.
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