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Description: Church of St John the Evangelist
Date Listed: 30 June 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 131511
OS Grid Reference: SO7403803564
OS Grid Coordinates: 374038, 203564
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7302, -2.3773
There is also a scheduled monument, Slimbridge Moated Site, 70m South of the Old Rectory, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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SO 70 SW SLIMBRIDGE ST JOHN'S ROAD
1/82 (east side)
Church of St John the
listed as Church of St
Anglican Parish Church. Early C13, but west tower, spire, and chancel late C13, nave
aisle windows C15, and clearstorey windows 1845 by Francis Niblett. Constructed in
fine Cotswold oolite, also much tufa, and plinth to south side plus clearstorey walls
in marlstone; nave roof stone slates at very low pitch, chancel Welsh slate, n aisle
in copper sheet. West tower with spire, nave, north and south aisles in four bays,
deep chancel, two-storey south porch and two storey sacrisy north side of chancel.
Nave parapet with pierced interlocking mouchette pattern, south aisle and porch with
parapet and ball flower string course with prominent gargoyles. Nave windows 3-light
perpendicular, chancel 2-light decorated and 3-light to east end. Good 2-leaf plank
doors with strap hinges, inner porch doorway round-headed and with continuous trefoil
leaf carved surround. Three-stage tower, pinnacles at 45°, open C14 parapet,
octagonal spire with lunettes on cardinal faces. West face of tower 3-light window
flanked by niches linked by drip, over C19 door, at second stage triple niche and
various carved shields, above string elongated quatrefoil in rectangular panel above
square clock face, 2-light C14 baby light. Diagonal buttresses with 5 offsets plus
plinth; stair clamp north-east corner.
Interior: four-bay nave with rich moulded trumpet capitals over keeled shafts,
arch-braced roof with traceried trusses, lean-to aisle roofs. Series 12 carbed angels
heads in north aisle and 16 south aisle. Very lofty tower arch, and above this
opening with pierced balustrade of C19; octopartite tower vault in stone.
Clearstorey walls in ashlar, with flat 4-centred arches to 3-light C19 windows; wall
below plastered. In chancel sedilia under stopped string, piscina in south wall and
north; pointed barrel plastered ceiling with C19 carved cornice. Some remains of
mediaeval galss in east window, north aisle. Floors quarry tile, C19 pews. Jacobean
hexagonal pulpit, oak eagle lectern, lead font bowl of 1664 on stone base, some
This is a very coherent and important church. David Verey suggests that it is
"Probably the best example in the county of the Early Gothic Style of the C13".
Verey, D. B/E Gloucestershire: The Vale and the Forest of Dean, p 339.
See also good photographic record of capitals in NMR.
Listing NGR: SO7404003564
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