All Saints Church, Shorncote

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All Saints Church, Shorncote
A very small stone church seen from the south with a prominent doorway, and a smaller chancel towards the right
All Saints Church, Shorncote, from the south
All Saints Church, Shorncote is located in Gloucestershire
All Saints Church, Shorncote
All Saints Church, Shorncote
Location in Gloucestershire
Coordinates: 51°40′09″N 1°57′54″W / 51.6693°N 1.9649°W / 51.6693; -1.9649
OS grid reference SU 025 967
Location Shorncote, Gloucestershire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
Dedication All Saints
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 26 November 1958
Architect(s) William Butterfield (restoration)
Architectural type Church
Style Norman, Gothic
Groundbreaking About 1170
Completed 14th century
Materials Stone, stone slate roofs

All Saints Church is a redundant Anglican church in the village of Shorncote, 7.2 kilometres (4.5 mi) south of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building,[1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2]


All Saints dates from about 1170. Alterations were made to it, including the addition of a bellcote, in the 14th century. The church was restored by William Butterfield in 1883.[2] The church was declared redundant on 1 July 1984, and was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust on 18 March 1987.[3]


The church is in Norman style. It is constructed in stone rubble, with stone slate roofs. The plan consists of a nave with a north aisle and a south porch, and a small chancel. On the east gable of the nave is a double bellcote, over which is a pierced quatrefoil. In the west, south and east walls are two-light windows. The south doorway is Norman, with Early English capitals on the outer columns. On the south side of the chancel is a priest's door between two straight-headed Perpendicular windows.[1]

Inside the church are wagon roofs. The chancel arch is narrow and pointed and contains 15th-century gates.[4] The arch is decorated with Norman style carving.[5] The font is also Norman. In the chancel is a piscina and a credence shelf dating from the 14th century, and in the north wall is a 15th-century Easter Sepulchre.[1] On the chancel walls are medieval wall paintings depicting patterns and foliage. The pulpit dates from the early 18th century and has a tester suspended above it.[4] Also in the church are the Royal coat of arms carved in stone.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of All Saints, Somerford Keynes (1153975)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 June 2013 
  2. ^ a b c All Saints' Church, Shorncote, Gloucestershire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 29 March 2011 
  3. ^ Diocese of Gloucester: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, p. 4, retrieved 11 April 2011 
  4. ^ a b Inside All Saints Church, Shorncote, GENUKI, retrieved 22 October 2010 
  5. ^ Shorncote, All Saints, Britain Express, retrieved 22 October 2010 

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