About Our Churches

Jesus says: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15.5


Henry Poole was a curate at Newland and he issued an appeal for
public aid towards the erection of a church and school-house in
Parkend.   The appeal was successful and from these voluntary
funds   St. Paul’s was built.

It was built on a piece of ground called
Mason’s Tump by Richard James in 1820-22 under the supervision
 of Henry Poole who, before his ordination, had experience in
architecture in Bristol. The consecration of the church took place
on May 2nd, 1822
Jesus says: "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5.14-16


Both church and vicarage were built in 1866/67 by Ewan Christian, as a gift of Mary Bathurst, who was Lord Bledisloe's great aunt. The setting is on a highpoint above the Severn Valley, on the edge of the Forest of Dean, with beautiful views over much of the county of Gloucestershire.

The church is a simple but attractive building which blends well into it's surroundings, being of local sandstone under a natural slate roof.  The vicarage is now used as a Christian Adventure Centre for children and young people.
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