Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Ozleworth, Gloucestershire

Address: Ozleworth, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7QA
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A strange and beautiful church

Close to the Cotswold Way and in remote and beautiful country. up a deep narrow valley, this lovely little Norman church stands in a circular churchyard, which suggests an early and perhaps pre-Christian site.

You are immediately struck by the sight of the irregular hexagonal tower rising almost from the centre of the building. It is Norman, and probably originally was the nave of a small chapel. Gaze up into the tower’s roof, you’ll see how uneven all six sides are! But while the exterior still speaks of the church's ancient past, most of the interior reflects its Victorian refit.

The doorway through which you enter the church is superbly carved, with exuberant curves and leaf decoration. The arch in the west tower wall is similarly splendid. Both are remarkable examples of fine workmanship and intricate design from the 13th century.

The font, though of the same date, is more rustic in its design. There is a fragment of Medieval stained glass in the east window, showing a saint’s head.

Four panels of Flemish painted glass in the south-west window of the tower are 16th or 17th century, and the rest is fine 19th century glass.

Attractive Victorian red needlework panels of lilies hang on the east wall, and the same pattern is painted on the wall behind.

The monuments in both church and churchyard reflect the importance of the wealthy neighbouring families in the history of this church.

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Road directions

In Ozleworth Park 2 miles east of Wotton under Edge off A4135 at junction with B4058

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Cam and Dursley (7 miles).

OS Reference No.

ST 794 933

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Comments

  1. Anonymous (05 Aug 2011, 15:42)

    A very beautiful church in a quiet location. The photos on this website don't do justice to the unique and strangely shaped tower.

  2. John Tucker (16 Oct 2012, 18:49)

    A real gem well worth the effort to find it. Some signage from the public road would be helpful. Also there was no guide book or any information about the church inside.. In the absence of a guide book, would it not be possible to have some information boards?

  3. Sue C Smith (31 Jul 2013, 12:29)

    It took some finding due to poor signage. There were no guidebooks or information sheets available but what a little gem.
    When you get there you feel that you are in the wrong place as it's set in what looks like a private estate but don't be put off just keep walking and you will see the gate and the church just slightly hidden.
    I agree the photographs don't show the wonderful tower in it's full hexagonal glory but even more reason to make the journey!

  4. Kim Leonard (31 Dec 2013, 03:10)

    I visited this charming church again today, pleased to see it all decorated with wreaths and feeling very festive.

    The information sheets about the history of the building were plentiful on this occasion and the visitor's book was there to sign.

    I don't think there should be more signs from the road as it would spoil the tranquility of the church and surroundings, it's easy enough to find following the public footpath and then the church signs.

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Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Ozleworth, Gloucestershire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

A narrow gate leads to a gravel footpath to the church. Path is difficult for wheelchairs. Alternative vehicle access is possible and the churchyard and entry is level.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.