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 until 1840, when Rodborough became a parish in its own right. The tower is thought to have been rebuilt in 1580. The one remaining bell is assumed to be of the same age.

  • From Rev Miller’s 1933 ‘Rodborough and its Church’; originally four bells hung in the tower, but during the Civil War three were lost. It seems probable that either the Royalists or Roundheads dismantled them, melted them down and used the metal for military purposes. The fourth bell still remains. It weighs 25 cwt and bears this inscription: “The living I to Church do call, And to the grave do summon all”.
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.


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

Click on the links to see:

Church Committee Minute Book 1892-1927

1931 Rodborough Church / Rev Walter Waring

Weddings at Rodborough Church

War Memorials

Rodborough Church Choir

Rodborough Church Youth Club

Rodborough Rectory