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Church History

 
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In the mid nineteenth century, the church was in a very bad state of repair. Henry Yates Jones Taylor in his biography wrote “I remember Brockworth Church when it was in such a terrible of dilapidation that the walls were supported with trunks of elm trees. During that epoch of ecclesiastical degradation, I sat in a miserable pew and saw the sunbeams dance and quiver through the crevices or fissures of the old wall, which, through neglect, were losing their pristine cohesion. The

services were cold, perfunctory and irreverent. The grandeur of the old arch solemnized the building which had a greater resemblance to a respectable barn than to a parish church sanctuary.”


In 1845, Thomas Fulgarries, architect, wrote a “report and estimate” which would included “re-building the west wall, Buttresses, Plinth Arches, Reframing Nave and Porch Roof and purchasing open seats.”

The minutes of the Vestry meeting for 5th June 1846 records that “The church, which is in dilapidation, being investigated, it was agreed that the repairs should forthwith take place” Mr John Hubert, who later undertook the contract, attended and produced a specification and estimate. The total sum amounted to £263 10s 5D (£29,255) and it was agreed that this be accepted and the whole was referred to the Churchwardens “That the above work be carried out”

At a further meeting on the 6th November 1846 the Vestry decided upon “taking down a portion of the tower of the said church, which is in dilapidated state, and re-building and raising the same to a higher elevation; and taking down the present pews in the said church and erect new ones in their stead, and taking down and removing the pulpit and reading desk and placing the same in a better and more convenient place in the said church, so as to afford additional accommodation for the inhabitants of the said parish attending divine Services in the said church”. Mr Niblett carried out the contract for the price of £561 4s 0d (£62,167)

Before 1848 the church had a tower with a high-pitched roof, hipped on each side. A drawing of the church from that date has recently been turned into a pen and ink study for a mug.

The tower has a peal of six bells cast in 1849 by John Taylor, Bellfounders of Loughborough. The heaviest tenor bell, in the key of F, weighs 13cwt.


Electric lighting was installed in 1929.


An appeal fund was launched in 1977. The resulting restoration consisted of a new roof, repaired stonework, new altar and complete redecoration. Completed in 1981, this work cost £24,000.


More recently, work has been undertaken to create a lady chapel in the south transept area and to remove pews around the font to improve access.

 
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Surrounding area

  • The Church is situated on the edge of the village and it is likely that a church has existed on this site since Saxon times​

  • Around 600AD the Saxons called our village "Brockwurthin" - the "Wurthin" (enclosure) by the "broc" (brook). St George's Church was built by the first resident Norman - Lord of the Manor, Roger de Chandos. In 1142 It was consecrated and became one of the earliest churches in England to be dedicated to St George. About 1846, the church was renovated at a cost of around £800​

  • Brockworth Court was first inhabited by John Guise, the new Lord of the manor, in 1540. It had just been completed by Richard hart, the last Abbot of Llantony Priory​

  • Brockworth court Tythe barn was build around the 15th century and the size of the barn indicated the wealth of the Lord of the manor at the time – Llantony Priory​

  • Brockworth Mill and Mill farm were situated at the intersection of Mill Lane and Horsebere Brook. The Doomsday book of 1086 records a corn mill in Brockworth. In 1863 Witcombe reservoir was built and hence the Mill stopped working and fell into neglect​

  • Abbotswood Farm is situated on land once owned by the Abbot of Gloucester, hence there was the Abbots Wood at Bocholte​

  • Droys court was on land rented to Henry Le Droy by the Abbot of Gloucester in 1260​

  • Castle Hill has never been proved to have a castle at the top of it​

  • Coopers Hill is the venue for the famous Cheese rolling which started about 2000 years ago to maintain the grazing rights on Coopers Hill common​

  • Ermin Street was built about 2000 years ago by the Romans to connect Gloucester to Cirencester. In 1698 it became the third turnpike (toll) road of England​

  • Green street is also an ancient road (Salt way) thought to have been used to transport salt from Droitwich to the Cotswolds​

  • Gloucester business park used to be an airfield where the first British jet engine aircraft (Gloster E28/39) took flight. It was developed to test the new Whittle jet engine in flight, the test results would influence the development of an operational fighter, the Gloster Meteor

 
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Vicars over the years

  • 1575 Richard SAVAKER

  • 1588 John WHITE

  • 1602 Edward BROWNINGE

  • 1604 Thomas POTTER

  • 1610 James CLIFFORD

  • 1627 Issac PENNINGTON

  • 1654 Mr NEVEL

  • 1660 Mr ROBINSON

  • 1665 John SOMMERS

  • 1713 John LAWRENCE

  • 1726 William JONES

  • 1730 John WALL

  • 1747 George WALL

  • 1757 John CHESTER

  • 1810 Edward JONES

  • 1824 Edward JONES

  • 1847 Georges WATTS

  • 1864 Robert Andrew BACHURST

  • 1871 George ALLEN

  • 1878 Samuel BARTLEET

  • 1886 James Herbert SEABROOK

  • 1941 Donald Ernest LEAVEY

  • 1945 William Stanlet BUBB

  • 1949 Edwin Eustace de Lacy MANN

  • 1954 Lewis Stewart BRUCE

  • 1976 Peter Henry NAYLOR

  • 1995 Martin Michael ENNIS

  • 2004 David Alan GILL

  • 2012 Jane WALDEN

  • 2020 Mike SMITH

 

British Listed Building

Listed 10 January 1955

For full listing information on St. George's Church visit the British Listed Buildings website.

 

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