WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE and the Parish Church


Photos by Hetty

9th November 2017

6.3 miles  Map of walk

From Wotton-under-Edge, we walked up Coombe Hill

on a cloudy, but mild, day

Then up Wotton Hill, where there is a group of trees on top

There is a panoramic view from here

We could see the Severn bridges

The Red House, former toll house – we were too late to see the red Virginia Creeper

Wotton Hill, where the group of trees are


19th May 2017 – a visit with Stroud U3A Church History and Architecture Group.

St Mary The Virgin Church Wotton under Edge

The clock face on the tower measures 6 ft in diameter

Brasses to  Lord Thomas IV, 1417 and Lady Berkeley, 1392, with a dog at her feet

Replica brasses



More photos of the church are lower down this page

Next we went to Oldbury on Severn Church


26th April 2016

A visit with the Stroud U3A photography group (and a few photos from before)

The Saxon village (mentioned in 940) was near the church, but was destroyed by fire in the early 14th century. Part of the town was planned by Jone, Lady Berkeley in the 13th century along High St and Long St. There are 3 sets of almshouses in the town and there used to be 10 mills

Market St

Inside the Electric Picture House, which opened in 1913 in a former old pub, now a modern cinema

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The Star Inn has 16th century origins. The cobbled area was part of the market place

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Opposite the Star is the Town Hall, built as a market house in 1698-1700, which was open on the ground floor until 1872

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May 2010

The Swan, 17th century coaching inn (May 2010)

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The Tolsey – where market tolls were collected, has an 18th century brick front on a 16th century jettied building.

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Long Street

The Rope Walk, where rope was made

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17th century Berkeley House. One room, decorated in 1740-60 Chinese wallpaper, was sold to the V&A Museum in London in 1924

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18th century Lloyds Bank used to be an inn – the large doors on the left were for stage coaches

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A Tudor door

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The kettle is a tinsmith’s sign, originally over an ironmongers

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Church St

Perry and Dawes Almshouses (photos Mar 2014) – built by bequest of

  • Hugh Perry – born in Wotton, Sheriff of London in 1632
  • Tomas Dawes 1723

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17th century chapel

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Potters Pond (but no pond remains)

The Ram Inn’s deeds start in 1350, and stone masons who built the church may have stayed here. This building is probably 16th century, and has a barn attached

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17th century Moore Hall


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This church was consecrated in 1283, (although there was an older one) and the tower is 14th century.

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South porch with 18th century sundial

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Handel played this organ when it was in London. It was bought in 1799 and restored in 1883

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18th and 19th century memorials

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Culverhay – near where the pigeon (culver)  house used to be

1837 Alms Houses endowed by Ann Bearpacker – one row for men and the other for women

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The Bluecoat School was here from 1714 to 1974

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This former chapel is now auction rooms. It was re-built 1851-2 and replaced the chapel of Rev Rowland Hill, who was a friend of Edward Jenner

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The Manse behind the chapel is 18th century

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1887 Rowland Almshouses

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We went inside a very old building that is supposed to be haunted:

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We did not see any ghosts!

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