Adlestrop Parish Church

St. Mary Magdalene's Church
Photos by
John Wilkes of Cam
near Dursley, Gloucestershire
The Gloucestershire Photo Library

Page composition by Allan Taylor of Vancouver, Canada
St. Mary Magdalene's is cruciform in plan with an embattled 14th C west tower of three stages. The lowest stage of the tower serves as a porch. Much of the church was rebuilt by Samuel Collett, 1764-65. The nave has elaborate 19th C kingpost trusses resting on carved corbels. The 15th C font is octagonal with corner pendants and segments of circles between. On each face there are quatrefoils and four-centred patterns containing conventional foliage. The font has an octagonal pedestal with trefoil-headed niches in rectangular panels. The chamfer is ornamented with heads of corn, a mask and a shield. There is stained glass in the church by Hardman; and also by Heaton, Butler & Bayne. There are wall monuments to members of the Leigh family. Descendants still live in the neighbouring grand house - Adllestrop Park. In the churchyard there are some 17th C chest tombs; and the churchyard gates have an iron overthrow inscribed 1837-1897.