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  • A Redmarley Gallimaufrey

Interesting trivia related to Redmarley.

  • The Advowson of Redmarley D’Abitot

An “advowson” was the right to appoint a person as Rector of a Church of England living, giving the appointee an income and a rectory to live in, usually for life. Read all about Redmarley’s Advowson in this interesting document.

  • Redmarley in the Domesday Book

The Domesday Book is a manuscript that records the great survey of much of England and parts of Wales completed in 1086. The survey was executed for William I of England (William the Conqueror): “While spending the Christmas time of 1085 in Gloucester, William had deep speech with his counsellors and sent men all over England to each shire to find out what or how much each landholder had in land and livestock, and what it was worth”.  Redmarley D’Abitot was featured in the Domesday Book and is documented here and at the Open Domesday website.

  • Battle of Redmarley

The English Civil War (1642–1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political problems between Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and Royalists (Cavaliers). Redmarley served as a battlefield for a Civil War encounter during the siege of Gloucester. Download PDF.

  • A Short History of Redmarley by Rev. H. Morton Niblett, 1928

PDF available to download here.

The Elizabethan Communion Cup

St Bartholomew’s Church possesses an interesting silver Communion cup and cover on the top of which is inscribed the date 1571There is no “proper” hallmark visible – but this is not uncommon.

The date becomes significant when we note that in February 1570 Pope Pius V issued the papal bull “Regnans in excelsis” by which he excommunicated Elizabeth I and for good measure called upon all Catholics to oppose her and bring about her downfall – by assassination if need be.  This souring of relations had been brewing for many years.  Elizabeth had always been regarded as illegitimate and a usurper of the throne; the Papacy favoring the claims of Mary Queen of Scots.  More particularly, Elizabeth’s continued persistence in promoting Protestantism was seen by the Pope as a personal affront, and worse, as an act of flagrant heresy.

When the papal bull reached London in April, Elizabeth was equally affronted.  Her furious response was to increase her persecution of the many recusants still practicing their Catholic faith, despite the stipulations of the Act of Uniformity of 1559.  Up until now she had “turned a blind eye” to many of these irregularities. This leniency was now at an end.  Elizabeth was goaded into still more action; articles of church plate attracted her attention as being in need of drastic “reform”.  She decreed that every church should surrender all the silver chalices and other artifacts which had been used in celebrating Mass during the brief reign of her Catholic predecessor Mary I (“Bloody Mary“).  The articles were to be melted down by local silversmiths and recast into larger Communion cups deemed more appropriate for Protestant worship, in which the laity as well as the clergy were to receive the wine.  The diocesan bishops were made responsible for this “exchange“.   In “The Plate of Bunbury (Cheshire) Church” by Sir Leonard Stone (1955) – [internet version] – we learn that while the dates of the substitution varied from diocese to diocese, “most Worcestershire churches (including presumably Redmarley) acquired their new Communion cups in 1571.  .

 It is perhaps worth mentioning in passing the long-standing “legend” that the “chalice” may have been “a gift from the Queen when she stayed overnight in the Parish”.  Sadly this “legend” is devoid of substance.  During her summer “Progresses” Elizabeth visited Gloucester on 8th August 1574 and Worcester on 13th August 1575, but research shows that it is virtually impossible that a visit to Redmarley could have been fitted into the royal schedule on either of these occasions.  In fact, she never seems to have travelled anywhere along the west bank of the Severn.  (As a final point of interest, her Progress in 1571 took place far away – in Essex and the south-eastern counties.) – Eric Smith, March 2005