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The United Benefice of Withington, Sevenhampton with Charlton Abbots, Hawling, Whittington, Dowdeswell and Andoversford, Shipton and Cold Salperton

St Michael's Church, Dowdeswell

A Norman church stood on this

site with its wonderful views over

Cheltenham and the Severn

Valley.  The original church, it

seems, was burnt down and the

present church erected on the old

foundations.  Some ancient

‘graffiti’ on a window base in the

north transept tells us that the

steeple was built in 1577 and

names the workmen including 

“Thomas Childe, Pson (Parson)”.  

The steeple contains three bells including 

one dating from the 15th century.

 

St Michael’s now serves as the Parish Church for the villages of Dowdeswell and Andoversford.  Throughout the centuries it has stood as a Christian presence in the community; a place of prayer and worship, of service and hospitality.  This witness continues today with the Good News about Jesus Christ – his birth, life, death and resurrection -  being central to the work and worship of the church family.
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