St Lawrence Church, Lechlade

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St Lawrence Church, dedicated to St. Lawrence of Rome, is the Church of England parish church of Lechlade in Gloucestershire, England.

The spire of St Lawrence, from the Thames

History[edit]

A church is known inferentially to have existed in Lechlade since at least 1210 when a fair was granted on St. Lawrence’s day.[1] The present building replaced an earlier structure in the 15th century (probably around 1470-1476[2]), though the nave roof and clerestory, the north porch, and the tower and spire may have been added in the early 16th century. A west gallery for singers was installed in 1740 and there were further internal additions in the 1880s.[1] The church building is Grade I listed[3] and is described with admiration in Simon Jenkins’s England’s Thousand Best Churches[4]

Literature[edit]

In September 1815 Percy Bysshe Shelley visited Lechlade with his future wife Mary, her step-brother Charles Clairmont, and the novelist Thomas Love Peacock, and was moved to compose a poem, A Summer-Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, which was published the following year. The path through the churchyard is now named “Shelley’s Walk”, in an ironic tribute to the famous atheist.

Community[edit]

The Vicar is Dr Andrew Cinnamond and the Curate is Mr Jonathan Clark.[5] The church has strong links with the nearby St Lawrence Church of England Primary School.

External links[edit]

  • St Lawrence Church web-site
  • St Lawrence Church of England Primary School web-site

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lechlade, in A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 7, ed. N. M. Herbert (Oxford, 1981), pp. 106-121. British History Online [accessed 15 March 2018].
  2. ^ David Verey, Cotswold Churches (B.T.Batsford Ltd, 1976), at page 107
  3. ^ British Listed Buildings, Church of St Lawrence
  4. ^ Allen Lane, 1999
  5. ^ St Lawrence Church web-site, accessed on 19 March 2018

Coordinates: 51°41′38″N 1°41′26″W / 51.69387°N 1.69043°W / 51.69387; -1.69043