Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St Mary's Church, Painswick (19k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
St Mary's Church, Painswick
St Mary's Church (see later for their website address)
New Street,
Painswick, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded about 1040, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1897 records that Painswick is a parish and town on the high road from Bath to Cheltenham, on the southern slope of one of the Cotswold ridge of hills, 3½ miles north east from Stroud stations on the Great Western and Midland railways, 4 west from Haresfield station, 6 south east from Gloucester and 10 south west from Cheltenham. The church of St Mary is described as an edifice of stone, chiefly in the Early Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel with aisle or chapel, nave of five bays, aisle and an embattled western tower with spire, containing a clock with chimes and 12 bells. The registers date from 1552, and in 1897, the living was a vicarage in the gift of C.W.D. Perrins esq. of Ashfield, Malvern, and had been held since 1893 by the Rev. William Seller Guest-Williams M.A. of Brasenose College, Oxford.

St Mary's Church own website provides a more comprehensive account of the building's history, including the information that its foundations were probably Saxon, a suggested date of 1040 for the first building, and that the oldest part of the building is St Peter's Chapel, on the north side of the chancel.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] Painswick church, and churchyard is famous for its special collection of Georgian Tombstones, and its 99 Yew Trees. There are various myths surrounding the Yew Trees. It has also been said that attempts to count them have defied the experts, some saying there are 98, others that there are over 100, yet attempts to add to their number have never been successful.

The village also celebrates the “Clypping” Ceremony, which involves local children joining hands around the church, to form an unbroken chain, as part of an open-air service where the “Clypping Hymn” is sung. This takes place on the Sunday nearest to the Feast of Nativity of the patron saint of the church, St Mary, on or after September 19th every year.

See Strange Things in the Cotswolds for more information.[1]

Denomination

Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SO8666109640. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

(NB I know the first two don't work as intended - the Jury's still out as to what to do about it...)

Resources

I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Painswick, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie/John Williams.

Information last updated on 12 Nov 2018 at 13:39.

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