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St Mary de Lode

The church is believed to have been built on the site of an ancient Roman temple which became the first Christian church in Britain. The Roman mosaic tiled floor can still be seen in the church.

In 1979, archaeological excavations in the nave showed that the church is built over two Roman buildings of the 2nd to 4th and 5th to 6th centuries. There was also evidence of a church on the site Saxon times, or earlier. According to written records, the earliest church on the site dates from the late eleventh century, consisting of a nave, tower and chancel but these were destroyed in a 1190 fire. A new chancel was built in the thirteenth century.

Local legend says that the church was the burial place of King Lucius, who established a bishopric in Gloucester in the second century A.D. In March 1643 and also in 1646, during the English Civil War, the church was used as a prison to hold royalist soldiers captured by Sir William Waller and Lieut. Col. Edward Massey.

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Archdeacon Street

Telephone: 01452 412679

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Regular services every weekend.