off The Street, Frampton on Severn GL2 7EH
St Mary the Virgin, Frampton on Severn in Gloucestershire is a beautiful church located towards the southern end of the village, near the canal, that was consecrated in 1315 AD and has been used for worship ever since. We are an active and growing congregation who enjoy worshipping together in a variety of styles, welcoming people of all ages. The church is open daily for prayer and quiet reflection and we welcome visitors throughout the year. We enjoy close links with Lakefield School as a voluntary controlled Church of England School.
Although there were probably earlier churches on the site, the first records of clergy in Frampton date from 1228, however the church was not consecrated until 1315. It is believed that the main door dates from this period: It is oak with the imprint of the skins that originally covered it and the antique lock and enormous key are still in daily use. Over the porch is the 18th century parvise chamber. The oldest part of the present day church in Frampton is the Romanesque font dating from the second half of the 12th century.
As you look round the church, notice the beautiful stained glass windows, the most ancient fragments being in the North aisle and N. aisle chapel including a triangular piece with an angel swinging a censer; notice too the effigies in recesses along the walls of the North aisle and chapel, said to be 14th century Clifford knight and his lady, and the Jacobean pulpit inscribed with the names of the churchwardens of that time.
The organ was built in 1866 by JW Walker & Sons. Costing £209 it is said to be of their best period. The first person to play this was Hubert Parry. On one side of it hangs a Royal coat of arms, showing the lilies of France which dates it to early George III. An 18th century hatchment bearing the Clifford arms is in the north aisle.
Further information specific to St Mary's can be found at: St Mary's Church, Frampton-on-Severn
Janie Clifford, Church Warden
James Stewart, Church Warden