Architectural History

St Georges is an attractive church with has Norman origins. It was dedicated in 1142 and given to Llanthony Priory, Gloucester.

The church was largely re-built in the 14th century but the Norman part survives within the lower stages of the tower. Internally this can be seen in the two magnificent arches supporting the central crossing tower.

The church was restored in 1847 and most of the interior furnishings relate to this date. The squat Norman tower was extensively re-modelled at this time in the Perpendicular style with the addition of an upper stage, an embattled parapet and several new windows. In 1893 further alterations were made to the chancel.

Architectural Features

The church’s outstanding feature is the east and west Norman arches beneath the central tower, adding considerable grandeur and solidity to the interior. The east arch is possibly the earlier and has massive half piers with cushion capitals. The west arch piers are formed by a group of smaller shafts with decorated scalloped capitals. Both arches are decorated with chevron mouldings. The stone font is also Norman.

Much of the roof structure is 19th century but the flat panelled roof to the south transept with bosses and frieze is possibly early 16th century. A 14th century piscina can be found on the south wall of the chancel.

Victorian additions include the decorative encaustic tiling to the chancel; a wrought iron screen; and neo Norman altar, and a stained glass east window.

On the exterior many of the windows have moulded hoods with quirky, carved head stops. Within the churchyard there are a number of 18th to early 19th century chest tombs and the base of a medieval cross.

Filming Attributes

Brockworth is located in mid-Gloucestershire, with good links to both M5 (J11 A5 minutes) and M4 (J15 30 minutes). Cirencester, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud are all within easy reach. Gloucester is well served by trains from London Paddington, with a journey time of a little over 2 hours. The local airport is Gloucestershire Airport, which accommodates private flights.

The church has limited parking facilities, but space may be available, subject to negotiation at Brockworth Court. Toilet and Kitchen facilities are available at Brockworth Court workshops. The church has good mobile reception and a group of willing and helpful volunteers.

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Special Considerations

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  • Animals Allowed
  • Hotworks
  • Remote Area

Topography

The church is located in the village of Brockworth, close to Gloucester, in a suburban area, but has a rural aspect and impression. The churchyard is picturesque, and separated from allotments by stream.

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