Holy Cross, Goodnestone   Church

Image Source: John Salmon


A large and eminently satisfying village church. The old part - north aisle of fourteenth-century date and tower of the fifteenth century - was enlarged in 1839 by a rebuilt nave and chancel. The architects were Rickman and Hussey, pioneers of the nineteenth-century Gothic Revival. The exterior is of knapped flints with stone dressings. Inside all is light and of a piece with an elaborate and dignified chancel. In the north aisle is the monument by Scheemakers to Sir Brook Bridges (d. 1717) who built Goodnestone Park, the gardens of which abut the churchyard. There are small pieces of medieval glass, but by far the most impressive window is at the east end of the north aisle, dated and signed E.S. 1899, showing the story of St Gregory and the Slave Boys.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: 333

Morning Attendance: 121

Afternoon Attendance: 191

Evening Attendance: No service


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: R C Hussey 1839

Second Restoration: -


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