We followed a sign to visit Clearwell Castle only to find it is only open to visitors by appointment. The parish church of St Peter is not, in my opinion, the most elegant of Victorian contrivances. We did not attempt an interior visit.
The building was erected in 1866 by John Middleton of Cheltenham for Caroline, Countess of Dunraven who lived at the castle.
The church is built of local red sandstone with Bath stone dressings. The interior is a mixture of blue and red Forest stones with white Bath stone in horizontal stripes. There is much rich sculpture. The pulpit is made of Caen stone and marbles with a Forest stone base. The font is equally elaborate. There are stained glass windows by Hardman and also one by Payne.
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