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

Welcome to St Michael's Church, 

Dowdeswell and Andoversford

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.

If you would like to support us, regularly or with a single donation, please contact our treasurer.

Our parish is registered with the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), and as such you can contact them direct to authorise a regular Direct Debit to be set up. The PGS is a registered charity providing this service across the Church of England, with more than 30 member dioceses now registered with it. By authorising collection of your regular payments in this way you save us a lot of administration, because the amounts are paid by PGS into our bank account in the same month as collected, together with the 25% Gift Aid enhancement if relevant.

Our treasurer, Bryan Taylor, can provide any information you need however you want to donate. Please phone (01242 820436) or email (

Thank you for your interest.