St Mary Magdalene Church

The churchyard seems to be of ancient origin. In 1316 a mention is made in records of “The old grave yard at Rodborough” (from The Church of St Mary Magdalene Rodborough by Rev John Forryan, 1980s)

A Stroud Journal article of 1910 notes that the church dates from 1392, being a Chapel of Ease to The Priory Church at Minchinhampton. The tower is thought to have been rebuilt in the early part of the 16th century.

Taken from "Twenty Lithographic Views of Ecclesiastical Edifices in the Borough of Stroud", by Alfred Smith, printed in 1838.
Taken from “Twenty Lithographic Views of Ecclesiastical Edifices in the Borough of Stroud”, by Alfred Smith, printed in 1838

The 1889 edition of “Twenty Lithographic views of ecclesiastical Edifices In the Borough of Stroud” suggests that apart from the early 16th century tower, the entire church was rebuilt in 1842.

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Here is an undated 20th century photo for comparison.

The oaken mallet used to lay the foundation stone of the new chancel in 1895. With thanks to Howard Beard

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1931 Rodborough Church / Rev Walter Waring

Weddings at Rodborough Church

War Memorials

Rodborough Church Choir

Rodborough Church Youth Club

Rodborough Rectory