Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Ozleworth, Gloucestershire
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A beautiful church with a fascinating octagonal tower and an ancient churchyard...
Travellers on the Cotswold Way would find Ozleworth's beautful church near to the Newark Park estate 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 and 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 thirteenth 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 sixteenth or seventeenth century, and the rest is fine nineteenth-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 and the poignancy of their memorial to fallen heroes of The Great War.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A church that time forgot
You can navigate to the Ozleworth by following signs for 'Historic Church' and for Newark Park nearby.
By car, park outside the Ozleworth Estate, near to the gates, and follow a long bridle path downhill and around to the left until you reach the churchyard. Please note - the path can be muddy and slippery.
Disabled access information
Disabled access by car through the Estate to the churchyard will need to be arranged in advance, by seeking permission from the Ozleworth (private) Estate office. From this parking place outside the churchyard you will find flat and level access to the south porch which is tiled.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
In Ozleworth Park 2 miles east of Wotton under Edge off A4135 at junction with B4058
Nearest railway station with links to Ozleworth: Stroud, with taxis available.
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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 we care for in Bristol & Gloucestershire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
The Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Ozleworth, is in our west region.
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