One of your first impressions of Tetbury will always be the magnificent spire of St Mary the Virgin and St Mary Magdalen. It is often commented by visitors that the size of the church and it’s breath taking spire seems almost too large and grand for such a small town which is indeed a compliment and you will have to visit it yourself and see why we are rather proud of it.
Perhaps and it’s no coincidence the spire which is a landmark for the surrounding countryside is stands on the oldest sites of Christian worship in Gloucestershire dating back to AD 681. It is thought to have been the location of Abbess Tetta’s Monastery and some scholars believe this is the origin of the name Tetbury. The current church is relatively new in church terms, having been built as recently as 1781 making it the only Georgian church in the county. The church is very much part of the community it is of course used for worship and has a thriving welcoming congregation was of course a parish Eucharist every Sunday morning.
Just along the road from St Mary’s is the charming St Michaels which is again very much part of the community and home of the Catholic Church. Another church that has a thriving congregation is Christchurch. As with all the churches in Tetbury this is a stunning looking building with a warm friendly welcoming congregation.
There is one other church very much in the hearts of many older ‘’Tetburians’’ and that is the beautifully exquisite church of St Saviour. This is now a redundant church although maintained by the churches conservation trust and is open to the public every day and very occasionally used for services. It was consecrated by the Bishop of Gloucester James Henry Monk in 1848 but sadly was declared redundant in 1973. It is also home to the war memorial for Tetbury.
St Mary the Virgin and St Mary Magdalen