Tuesday, April 26, 2011

St Mary, St Briavels, Gloucestershire

Hard by the castle, or what seems to be referred to as a Hunting Lodge by English Heritage. Some Hunting Lodge then with a massive fortified gatehouse.
The church is nowhere as interesting as I remembered it to be, the exterior dominated by a massive south porch tower of 1830-31. A central tower was removed in 1829. Inside the porch a rather unconvincing Norman south doorway. Long nave with a Norman south arcade and an EE north arcade. In the south west corner is a monument with worn effigies and kneeling children, not in its original state having been removed from the chancel (rebuilt in 1867). The font is rather plain but given distinction by a ruff of sixteen projections.

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