St Mary's Church, Shipton Sollars, Gloucestershire

Address: Shipton Sollars, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 4HU
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A past cowshed

This small 13th-century church in a pretty Cotswold hamlet has had various periods of dereliction and restoration in its long history and even survived a time as a cowshed in the 19th century.

It is built of local limestone, and was once the centre of a village that is now mostly deserted. The church is entered through a Medieval oak door.

Inside there are fragments of wall texts, a Jacobean pulpit with hour-glass, a 15th-century font and pretty 20th century stained glass provided by Ernest and Evelyn Fieldhouse, who were responsible for a major restoration of the church in the 1930s.

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Road directions

200 metres north east of A40/A436 junction on south side of village road to Shipton

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Cheltenham Spa (6.7 miles)

OS Reference No.

SP 031 184

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PDF iconGloucestershire & Bristol County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Gloucestershire & Bristol. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. H.A.Pugh (27 Jul 2012, 19:27)

    Beautiful little church in a lovely setting. Nicely kept inside anwith very interesting monuments.

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Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Community information for St Mary's Church, Shipton Sollars

 

All our Goucestershire churches are in CCT’s West region.

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Explore Gloucestershire tourism website 

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List of Gloucestershire churches 

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St Mary's Church, Shipton Sollars, 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

Access up very steep steps.

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.