Towers and spires
St. Michael and All Angels, Mitcheldean

St. Michael and All Angels, Mitcheldean

St. Michael and All Angels, Mitcheldean The unbuttressed tower of local stone was part-built in the 14th century but completed later. In the 1730s the 184-foot spire collapsed; it was rebuilt with royal aid by Nathaniel Wilkinson of Worcester in 1760. The spire was...

St Mary the Virgin, Tetbury

St Mary the Virgin, Tetbury

St Mary the Virgin, Tetbury When the current Georgian Gothic style church was built in the late 18th century, it retained an earlier tower with its elegant spire. These started to subside some 100 years later, and was rebuilt as an exact copy, using much of the...

St Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church, Cheltenham

St Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church, Cheltenham

St Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church, Cheltenham Work on the current Gothic Revival style building began in the 1850s, and the chancel opened for worship in May 1857. However, it wasn’t until 1876 than the tower and spire were completed. They are now a prominent local...

St Mary, Upleadon

St Mary, Upleadon

St Mary, Upleadon The distinctive timbered tower at St Mary’s church dates back to Tudor times. In a rare example of this type of tower, the wooden uprights rise up from the foundations and are inlaid with red brick. It is joined to the Norman nave of the church....

St James, Chipping Campden

St James, Chipping Campden

St James, Chipping Campden One of Gloucestershire’s famous Wool churches, funded by the wealth from the mediaeval wool trade, St James’ features a majestic tower that in 2016 was named one of the 50 best in England. Built around 1500 it is 58m tall with crocketed...

Frenchay Unitarian Chapel

Frenchay Unitarian Chapel

Frenchay Unitarian Chapel Parts of this building date to pre-1700, but the Tower was added in 1720. The striking weathervane depicts Halley’s Comet which was visible in England in 1759. This area of South Gloucestershire is rich in non-conformist history. Don’t miss:...