The tower and pa rts of the chancel are Norman but the church was largely rebuilt in 1844-46.the hexagonal tower is one of only two in the country - the other also in Gloucester.
I noticed a few interesting tapestry kneelers
We walked home and set off by car to Tewkesbury.
The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin in Tewkesbury is the second largest parish church in England and a former Benedictine Monastery. There has been a church on the site for 1200 years and the present building is 900 years old.
The box on the left side of the lower tier was where, before he retired, the company for whom Eddie, my cousin-in-law worked, entertained on race days.
Westminster, Prince of Wales, last of the Lancastrians and son of Henry VI, killed, ages 17, at the Battle of Tewkesbury.
The House of Lancaster lost the battle of Tewkesbury and several survivors sort asylum in the Abbey. Part of the Yorkist Army broke in and slaughtered them, after which the Abbey was closed for a month, cleansed and reconsecrated.
There are a few nice touches - an upholstered tapestry chair
some beautiful stone carvings on the pulpit
I will however, post here the final stop of the day, for which I saved my battery.
Cheltenham Racecourse was a favourite of the Queen Mother, and patronised by the Queen, who came to Cheltenham by train, using a railway line saved, repaired and maintained by the Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway volunteers. During school holidays and race days steam trains operate to the station directly behind the grandstand.The racecourse looks vast
The grandstands at Cheltenham are still being extended
We covered a lot of ground today in this contained, small, varied and culturally rich region of England. I am privileged to have had generous and knowledgable local guides. I will post about the Cotswolds separately.