St Nicholas' Church, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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The leaning tower of Gloucester
This Medieval church was built for merchant traders beside Gloucester's (now vanished) west gate.
The church is a city landmark, known for its leaning, truncated white stone spire. Damage was caused to the spire by a direct hit by Royalist troops during the Siege of Gloucester in 1643 - and it is now topped with an attractive coronet.
The existing church dates back to the twelfth century, though most of it was rebuilt in the thirteenth and larger windows were added later.
Formerly one of Gloucester's most prosperous parish churches many of its wonderful monuments and memorial slabs commemorate significant citizens, some showing figures in glorious Stuart costume. Most important is the altar tomb of Alderman John Wallton (died 1626) and his wife Alice. On either side of the chancel are sixteenth-century squints, giving the congregation a view of the sanctuary and there is an unusual Royal Arms above the south doorway that references not one but three monarchs - George I, George II and Charles II.
13 September 2018 - 16 September 2018
Gloucester Civic Trust Tours throughout the Heritage Open Days
A tower that stands alone
A coded inscription recording a king's execution
A link to Elgar
General access is either from Westgate down 5 steps to the nave, or via door on the north side with wheelchair ramp and paved / concrete surface. The ramp is extremely slippery and could be dangerous.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
At the lower end of Westgate Street in the city centre, close to the cathedral; the church is opposite the museum and 250 metres from the ring road
Nearest railway station: Gloucester (0.5 mile). Bus route number 351
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?
You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Bristol & Gloucestershire County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Bristol & Gloucestershire County Guide. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
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