Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St John the Evangelist's Church, Pauntley
St John the Evangelist's Church,
Pauntley Court,
Pauntley, Gloucestershire.


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 in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

St John the Evangelist's Church was built in the late 12th century for the Lord of the Manor of Pauntley. Some sources say it was built for the Whittington family, but the first member of the family to inherit the manor is understood to have been William, the son of William Whittington of Upton-Haseler, and Matilda (or Maud), daughter and heiress of Sir John de Solers, Lord of Solers Hope (Herefordshire) and Pauntley. William senior is said to have died prior to Sir John, who died in 1310.

The Whittington family are then believed to have occupied the Manor for at least the next 2 centuries. Richard ("Dick") Whittington, who later became Lord Mayor of London, was reputedly born here about 1357, and baptised in the church.

The church stands on raised ground to the west of the flood plain of the River Leadon. Inside is the chapel of St George, better known as the Whittington chapel. This was built as an addition to the church prior to 1440, when Sir Guy Whittington was said to be buried in the 'new chapel of St George'. Today, the whole is a Grade I Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. [Other Source: The Whittington Story, by Michael Whittington (1988); ISBN 0-951351-0-1]


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.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO7487528982. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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 Pauntley, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 10 May 2011 at 00:00.

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This Report was created 24 Sep 2021 - 07:14:54 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 27 Mar 2021 at 10:54.

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