RIPPLE, WORCESTERSHIRE.                 SO 87636 37817

ST. MARY

Church of England.  Grade 1. 12th century.  Early English.

The Cross, Station Road, Ripple, Glos.  GL20 6HA

 

 

St. Mary's Church Ripple
St. Mary's Church Ripple

This large parish church is in a delightful setting in the centre of the village on the east bank of the River Severn.  It formed the main part of the ancient parish of Ripple that includes present day parishes on both sides of the river.  This suggests its origins were as an Anglo-Saxon minster. Simon Jenkins considers this to be one of his hundred best churches!

 

It sits in a well kept churchyard with remarkable collection of seventeenth-century gravestones.  One grave from 1626, is known locally as ‘The Giant’s Grave’.  There is a Norman Scratch Dial on the outside right hand wall of the now closed up South Door also the stump and base of a ‘Palm Cross’.

 

A church often described by visitors as ‘beautiful’ and ‘peaceful’. The set of 16 misericords shows a medieval country calendar, depicting the labours of the months and the four elements, including a charming one of the man in the moon.

 

Look for:

  • The Leper's trough in the porch, it was probably from the wayside Cross in the village.
  • The west window produced by Charles Eamer Kempe
  • The fragments of wall paintings in the North chapel.  This is now the Flower Room and is usually kept locked, but it is possible to look through the window outside on the west wall.
  • Fragments of 15th century stained glass in the south chancel.
  • The 15th century misericords  carved by local craftsmen that depict village activities. 
  • The Sealed Knot Window in memory of Brigadier Young who lived in this parish and worshipped here

LOCATION AND TRAVEL: Ripple Church is situated four miles north of Tewkesbury on the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire boarder, a mile off the A38 from Junction 1 of M50.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The 361 route passes the church on the Upton-upon-Severn to Tewkesbury service.  (not Sundays or Bank Holidays)

SERVICES: First Sunday 8.00 am Book of Common Prayer Communion Service (said)

Second Sunday 11.00 am Book of Common Prayer Matins Service with hymns.

Third Sunday 9.30 am Book of Common Prayer Communion Service (said) 

Fourth Sunday 11.00 am Common Worship Eucharist with hymns.

Fifth Sunday 11.00 am (Benefice Service - refer to monthly magazine for details

ADDITIONAL OPENING TIMES AND ARRANGEMENTS

The church is open during day light hours

LOCAL CONTACT  

EMAIL: moores.moorings@btopenworld.com TELEPHONE: 01684 594531

 

FACILITIES

Disabled access, Induction Loop, Post Cards,  Guides (on request), No toilets Facilities for Group visits, Guide Books 

 

FACILITIES FOR GROUPS

 On request, please contact by e-mail :  Churchwarden: moores.moorings@btopenworld.com


FACILITIES FOR THOSE RESEARCHING FAMILY OR LOCAL HISTORY

On request from Churchwarden


FACILITIES FOR THOSE SEEKING SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT

The church is open daily for prayer and quiet contemplation

 

CHURCH RECORDS

Please contact the Churchwarden 


 

IN THE LOCAL AREA

Ripple is situated off the A38, between Tewkesbury and Upton upon Severn.  Both towns have facilities for accommodation, restaurants, shops and petrol stations.  In the village itself there is a guest house and a public house.


Other places to visit within 5 milesTewkesbury Abbey and Croome Court and Landscape Park (National Trust).  Upton upon Severn is a pretty riverside town that holds various festivals throughout the year.


Places to visit within 10 miles - Malvern Priory, Little Malvern Priory, Malvern and the Malvern Hills.


Further north is Worcester Cathedral and the city of Worcester