Every now and again I come across a church where I think ď this is a place I could imagine being buried when I dieĒ. For me Duntisbourne Rouse is such a church, Woolstone in Oxfordshire is another. There is a timelessness about such churches. They donít change, they gently evolve and so too the settings that they occupy. They are the sort of places which, when we see them on a lovely sunny day, make us feel that there is really nowhere in the world to match Britain at its best.
The oldest part of the church is Anglo-Saxon. Herringbone masonry on the north side proves this. There is also a blocked rectangular door on that side which may well also be Anglo-Saxon: lintelled doors are much more likely to be Anglo-Saxon than Norman. A chancel was added by the Normans in the c12, and so was a tiny crypt below it. The village owes its names to Sir Roger de Rous who was owned the manor until his death in 1294.
The tower was added in the c15 and in the Tudor period it acquired a ďsaddlebackĒ top stage which is a feature of small rural churches in Gloucestershire - not least at Duntisbourne Abbots, literally a mile and a half up the road.
There is a simple Norman chancel arch. The simple but attractive font dates from the c13. Perhaps Sir Roger commissioned it?