Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Church, Painswick
St Mary's Church,
New Street, GL6 6UZ,
Painswick, 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 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.

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


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 SO8666109640. 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 Painswick, 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 23 Jan 2019 at 15:05.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 13:46:29 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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