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For the Benefice of Brimpsfield with Birdlip, Syde,
Daglingworth, The Duntisbournes, Winstone,
Miserden and Edgeworth in the Diocese of Gloucester









Parish of Brimpsfield

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St Michaels Church, Brimpsfield  


Brimpsfield is mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to Osbern Giffard, one of William the Conqueror’s “proven companions” who fought with him at Hastings. The Giffards were a maverick family who chose the wrong side at the battle of Boroughbridge in 1322, after which their castle at Brimpsfield was demolished on the orders of Edward II, although its impressive earthworks remain visible close to the church (on private land). 

It was a Giffard who began building Brimpsfield Church and gave it the Abbot of a Benedictine Convent at Fontenay in Normandy, who established a small priory here. As an alien priory, it was frequently seized by the King in time of war with France and eventually was bestowed on Eton College, which remains one of the Church’s patrons to this day. By 1474 the Church was owned by the Duchess of York, mother of Edward IV, who we believe built the small bell tower and left the church pretty much as it is seen today (other than the 19th Century addition of a vestry). 

Brimpsfield Church is located on the edge of a promontory and reached by means of a long footpath across a field. Like many others in lofty locations it is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels. It seats around 80 and has a cosy, comforting and peaceful ambience. We have six bells, recently rehung and extended. 

A complete history of the building and the parish it serves is available in pamphlet form in the Church.

Schedule of services at the parish church




02-Apr-179:30:Join Birdlip
09-Apr-1710:00Join Duntisbourne Abbots
16-Apr-179:30:CW Holy Communion
23-Apr-179:30:Join Birdlip
30-Apr-1710:00Join Syde
07-May-179:30:CW Holy Communion


The following events are taking place within the parish




07-Apr-17Garden Society AGM
22-Apr-17Garden Society Plant Sale


Contacts for the parish

Martin Smith,
Telephone: 01452 863247


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