Visit Elkstone and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Elkstone, Gloucestershire. This small high windswept Cotswold village possesses one of the most rewarding Norman churches in a county in which so many are preserved. It lies less than 1 mile East of the A417 which follows the Roman Ermine Street linking Cirencester with Gloucester. On the other side of the road is Syde, a little village which also has an old Norman church and an ancient stone-buttressed barn well worth visiting. Elkstone is first mentioned in the Domesday Book, deriving its name from Ealac's Stone which many believe is the curious pagan stone against the wall of the vestry. The church dates from about 1160 and has a sturdy Perpendicular tower at the west end with thick stone walls. This replaced the old central Norman tower which collapsed when Gloucester Cathedral was being built. The arches which supported the Norman tower separate the little choir and sanctuary from the tall nave. Although the porch is 14th century, the south door has preserved its beautiful romanesque tympanum with Christ in Majesty on a cushioned judgment seat with the symbols of the four Evangelists below. Above the finger of God points down and the surrounds have remarkable ornamentation deserving of close study, as the zigzags of the l2th century arches and the little east window. The solid oak roof of the nave dates from the 15th century, as do the font and the windows in the nave and the chancel. An almost unique dovecot above the chancel is reached by a stairway near the pulpit. There are a number of interesting monuments to various local yeoman families on the north side of the nave as well as two l7th century table tombs which are both fine examples of their kind.
In the south-east corner of the churchyard, the little stone house with l5th century windows was once the Priest's House and is now divided into two cottages. The Rectory, which has been well restored, has Stuart foundations, a Queen Anne façade and Georgian additions at the back. An interesting walk of about 2 miles is to the neighbouring villages of Syde and Winstone, through the Frome Valley.
Nearby towns: Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Minchinhampton, Northleach, Painswick, Stroud
Nearby villages: Ampney Crucis, Andoversford, Birdlip, Bisley, Brimpsfield, Brimscombe, Brockhampton, Brockworth, Chalford, Charlton Abbots, Charlton Kings, Chedworth, Churchdown, Coates, Coberley, Colesborne, Coln Rogers, Cowley, Daglingworth, Dowdeswell, Down Hatherley, Edgeworth, Golden Valley, Great Witcombe, Harescombe, Hawling, Hucclecote, Innsworth, Leckhampton, Little Witcombe, Matson, Miserden, North Cerney, Prestbury, Preston, Salperton, Sapperton, Sevenhampton, Shipton, Shurdington, Staverton, Syde, Whittington, Withington, Yanworth
Have you decided to visit Elkstone or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Elkstone bed and breakfast (a Elkstone B&B or Elkstone b and b)
- a Elkstone guesthouse
- a Elkstone hotel (or motel)
- a Elkstone self-catering establishment, or
- other Elkstone accommodation