Church of St Mary the Virgin, Meysey Hampton
|St Mary's, Meysey Hampton|
|OS grid reference|
|Location||Meysey Hampton, Gloucestershire|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Heritage designation||Grade II*|
The Church of St Mary the Virgin is a Church of England parish church in Meysey Hampton, Gloucestershire. It is in the Diocese of Gloucester and the archdeaconry of Cheltenham. It is a Grade II* listed building.
The church was built in the 13th century, possibly funded by the Knights Templar.
History and present day
The church was consecrated in 1269. It is thought to have been financed by the Knights Templar. The church was extended and some alterations were made to the chancel in the 14th century. It was restored in 1872–74 under the direction of James Brooks.
The church is built of rubble masonry with slate roofs. Most of the work is Early English, with later parts Decorated Gothic. According to David Verey it is "not a typical Cotswold church". Its plan is cruciform with a central tower; the nave and chancel are nearly the same length. The transepts lie to the north and south. There is a porch in the middle of the south wall. The central, square tower is of one stage and has two belfry lancet arches on each side. It has a crenellated parapet with gargoyles.
The nave and transepts also have lancet windows. The chancel has three two-light windows to the south, trefoil-headed windows in an arched surrounds and ogee-headed windows in a square surrounds. The three-light east window has geometric tracery and a ballflower border.
There lectern is Jacobean, inscribed with "Christian Jacketts, 1622". There is a 17th-century monument to Dr James Vaulx, with a portrait of him with his wives. Medieval stained glass removed from the church in the 19th century was exhibited at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester in 2006.
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