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“Remarkable”

Reviewed 4 January 2018

Started in 800, much of the Saxon church survives intact and is one of the true treasures of England. The interior is remarkable, with a font from the 10th century, stained glass windows from 14th century and seating around the alter from the Cromwell era, the first time I've ever seen that.

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

What a beautiful church this is. Simple in its decoration with history resonating from every stone. Considering the tiny hamlet in which it nestles, it is remarkable that this remains an active parish church and in such excellent condition. We visited one snowy morning and had the place to ourselves. It was blissfully quiet and peaceful. The information boards were very useful and the story behind the discovery of the Saxon font was fascinating. The graveyard was also interesting with locals buried here stretching back several centuries. You can purchase several essays within the church and donations are of course welcome to keep this church 'alive'. There is a clean WC outside to the rear of the church (follow signs to 'The Angel'). Do yourself a favour and take a break from this hectic world by visiting this lovely church, you'll feel better for it.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Deerhurst lies off the beaten path, down a country lane, with only an English Heritage sign for Odda's Chapel to attract the visitor, passing on the B4213. St Mary's was once a major Saxon Priory, of national importance, and is now a lovingly restored parish church in the sleepiest of hamlets. The history is almost palpable. The remains of ancient buildings and cloisters...doors that now lead nowhere - this is not an historical theme park for the kids, but for peace, quiet, and a sense of timelessness, St Mary's and the nearly Odda's Chapel are pretty much perfect.

Thank Jayne B
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

We called in as a 'by-blow' of our primary visit to Odda's Chapel, and I can't believe the peace which reigns here at St Mary's. Very old (their font is the oldest Saxon font in existence) and beautifully simple, only a couple of examples of coloured glass,, but there is wonderful light from the high celestory windows. I so love to see old pews in churches still - why do so many churches have ghastly chairs instead - and oh, that pulpit, crisp as the day it was carved. Read the dedication on the outside of the inside door - in memory of two grandsons of one of the vicars. The boys died in the first war, and see if the name George S Kaye Butterworth rings any bells. There are only 25 houses in Deerhurst, so glad that this tiny village sustains so beautiful a place of worship.

Thank Jacqueline H
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We discovered this hidden gem during a tour of gloucestershire. Surely one of the oldest churches i have ever been to with many saxon featured. huge importance in history even king Canute had been here. Also well presented. Our only regret was that we did not have Pevsners guide book with us to learn even more about this fascinating church.

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