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Posted on March 13, 2016 by Sioux under General
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After visiting the cathedral, while walking around Gloucester, I happened upon the church of St Mary de Lode, a small church of Saxon origin. Its old English name refers to the ‘ford’ or ‘lode’ that crossed the River Severn which ran near the west door of the church. The building is apparently built over two substantial Roman buildings dating back to between the 2nd and 6th centuries; one of which may have been a Christian mausoleum. In 1643, during the Civil War, the church was also used as a prison for Royalist soldiers.


This is one of the few churches I have visited that does not have its own graveyard, and when I asked the question one of the parishioners informed me that there had in fact been a cemetery but when repairs on the building were carried out in the late 1980’s, the headstones were removed and remains exhumed and all relocated to another church in the area.


He went on to inform me that whilst doing the repairs, an old Roman road was found under the building, cobblestones still well preserved. Unfortunately the road was not open to the public – understandable.

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Not too far from St Mary de Lode is the St Nicholas Anglican Church, dating back to 1190 is now redundant and has been closed to the public. It houses a peal of 6 bells, the oldest two having been cast in 1499.

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Just outside the church is a monument to a John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester & Worcester who was burnt at the stake in 1555, for being a representative of the extreme wing of Protestantism. The monument was erected on the site in 1862.

Such varied architecture. Gloucester Cathedral in the background, St Nicholas on the left and the chimney of the Dick Whittington pub on the right.

Daffodils were blooming all over the place. Most open areas of grass were filled with bright yellow blooms. All very early due to the unseasonably warm weather


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