North Cerney

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North Cerney
North Cerny Church of All Saints.jpg
All Saints', North Cerney Parish Church
Grid reference: SP0207
Location: 51°45’57"N, 1°57’50"W
Post town: Cirencester
Postcode: GL7
Dialling code: 01285
Local Government
Council: Cotswold

North Cerney is a village and parish in the Rapsgate hundred of Gloucestershire, within the Cotswolds, a range of hills designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is four miles north of Cirencester within the Churn valley. It was recorded as Cernei in the Domesday Book.[1] However, the North Cerney parish boundaries were known to exist in AD 852 when it was recorded that King of the Mercians granted lands in North Cerney to a man called Alfeah.[2]

The parish also includes the villages of Woodmancote and Calmsden.

The North Cerney Manor was in the possession of the Bishop of York from the Conqueror's time until 1545 when it was returned to the Crown.[2]

The village has a pub, The Bathurst Arms,[3] a primary school, North Cerney C of E Primary School,[4] and a cricket club, North Cerney Cricket Club.[5]

Church of All Saints

The early 12th-century Church of All Saints is Grade-I listed for its special architectural and historic interest.[6] Restorations and excavations on the site have revealed several 12th-century artifacts that have been subsequently incorporated into the later works.[7] Similarly, the Church's original 12th-century stone altar was rediscovered and returned to the church in 1912.[8] There is a 14th-century churchyard cross in the grounds as well as numerous ancient grave memorials.[7]

A fire in the 14th century severely damaged the Norman-era roof as well as some walls. The church was fully restored through the wealth of the Cotswold wool industry and the determination of the rector William Whitchurch. A stained-glass window in the church memorialises him for his efforts. Despite the fire, some Norman work in the tower, porch and chancel is still evident along with two other 14th-century stained glass windows. The south wall exterior shows some unusual scratch markings of a manticore and a leopard. The purpose of the markings is unknown but thought perhaps to have been the work of masons during one of the expansions. The Lady Chapel has tombs of the Croome family of Cerney House.

Cerney House

Cerney House is the village manor house, next to the church. The current building dates from 1660 and was built for the Rich family. It was remodelled in the 1780s. From 1810 it was owned by the Croome family and later the De la Hayes. A later occupant was the businessman Kenneth de Courcy. From 1983, it was the home of Sir Michael and Lady Angus and is still owned by their family. The gardens are open to the public. [9]

Notable people

  • Peter Goldsmith Medd, Vicar of North Cerney, 1876–1908


  1. "Domesday Book". Open Domesday Project. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Grundy, G. B. (1935). Saxon Charters and Field Names of Gloucester. 
  3. "Bathurst Arms". Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  4. "North Cerney School". Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  5. "NCCC". Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  6. National Heritage List 1090185: Church of All Saints (Grade I listing)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Verey, David (1979). The Buildings of England, The Cotswolds. pp. 160–162. 
  8. "Gloucester County Council – North Cerney Parish Church". Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  9. "History of the house".