Batsford Parish Church

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

And Allan Taylor
Page composition by
Allan Taylor
Vancouver, Canada

To the left is the Batsford Stud
St. Mary's Church was rebuilt by W.F. Poulton & Woodman of Reading in 1860-62, a late example of the Neo-Norman style. It is an expensive building, dramatically sited on steeply rising ground near the entrance to the drive of the mansion - Batsford Park.

The church is of dressed stone, now re-roofed with machine-made tiles. The low tower has a spire with an octagonal drum, four large pinnacles, and cyclopean gabled spire-lights of French-Romanesque character. The chancel is apsidal with ribbed ashlar tunnel vaulting. The chancel arch is very ornate and has correct Anglo-Norman details. The font and pulpit introduce coloured marble into the Neo-Norman style of the church. There are stained glass windows by Kempe and several very ornate wall tablet memorials.