Eastleach Turville

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Eastleach Turville
Cottages in Eastleach Turville - geograph.org.uk - 305066.jpg
Cottages in Eastleach Turville
Grid reference: SP200052
Location: 51°44’43"N, 1°42’40"W
Post town: Cirencester
Postcode: GL7
Dialling code: 01367
Local Government
Council: Cotswold
The Cotswolds

Eastleach Turville is a small village in Gloucestershire standing on the west bank of the River Leach, which separates it from the slightly smaller village of Eastleach Martin. The two are joined by a stone road bridge[1] and a stone slab clapper footbridge known as 'Keble's Bridge'.[2] The village is in the south-east of the county, close by the border with Oxfordshire.

In Eastleach Turville stands the parish church of, St Andrew, the church in its sister village having been closed for worship. Here too is the village hall, and a pub, the Victoria Inn.

St Andrew's

St Andrew, Eastleach Turville

The Church of St Andrew is today the parish church for both villages. It stands directly across the River Leach from St Michael and St Martin, the former church of Eastleach Martin. It is a Grade I listed structure,[3]

Decoratively the more interesting of the two churches, St Andrew's most prominent feature is the Christ in Majesty tympanum over the west door of the church. The interior of the church is also striking because of the spacious and beautiful Early English Period chancel.[4] The lectern is said to have come from Tewkesbury Abbey.

The tower is of the 13th or 14th century, but the bulk of the church of Norman build. It has a simple gable roof known as a saddleback.[5]

St Andrew remains a functioning parish church.[6]


John Keble was curate of St Michael & St. Martin, Eastleach Martin, in the early 19th century, where he founded a Sunday School; the clapper footbridge over the Leach is named after him. The priest and antiquary Peter Bailey Williams also served in Eastleach Martin, early in the 18th century.

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  1. National Heritage List 1341393: Road bridge over the River Leach (Grade II listing)
  2. National Heritage List 1341410: Keble's Bridge
  3. National Heritage List 1089225: Church of St Andrew
  4. David Verey, Cotswold Churches (B. T. Batsford Ltd., 1976), at page 106
  5. Pictures
  6. Church page on Church of England website