Welcome to the blog of the Gloucestershire cross-slab survey. Cross-slabs are a class of medieval stone grave markers which are decorated with a cross motif; they are most commonly found at churches and monastic sites, although some are held in museums. The survey aims to record all surviving medieval cross-slabs across Gloucestershire, compile a gazetteer database, and publish a corpus of Gloucestershire cross-slabs.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Ampney St Mary

St Mary's church, Ampney St Mary

On the way back from Eastleach we stopped off at one of my favourite Gloucestershire churches: Ampney St Mary. The village of Ampney St Mary moved after the Black Death to Ashbrook, but the church remained, and is a real gem in a surprisingly peaceful location, despite the A road nearby. 

Eastleach Turville and Eastleach Martin: a river runs through them

A reconnaissance visit to the far southeast of the county, to the extremely picturesque Eastleach Martin and Eastleach Turville, where two churches are separated by the River Leach, and up to 1935 were separate parishes.
St Michael and St Martin's, Eastleach Martin

St Michael and St Martin's in Eastleach Martin is set beside the river, no cross-slabs were seen, but it is a lovely church, now cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.