Gloucestershire Places of Worship

We have 6 Images St John the Baptist's Church, Pitchcombe (1) (86k) St John the Baptist's Church, Pitchcombe (2) (61k) St John the Baptist's Church, Pitchcombe (3) (98k) St John the Baptist's Church, Pitchcombe (4) (67k) St John the Baptist's Church, Pitchcombe (5) (61k) St John the Baptist's Church, Pitchcombe (6) (55k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of John Williams/Phil Draper
St John the Baptist's Church, Pitchcombe
St John the Baptist's Church,
Pitchcombe, 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 1819, and we understand it is still open.

Designed in 1819 by William Franklin, St John the Baptist's Church is a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 notes that it was rebuilt in 1819, and enlarged in 1870, and is "a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing one bell". There are five memorial windows, and a fragment of an ancient pulpit is preserved in the chancel wall. Numerous monumental tablets are grouped at the west end of the church.

In 1923, the living was a rectory, annexed to Harescombe, and had been held since 1914 by the Rev. John Alfred Armstrong M.A. of Trinity College Dublin, who was also vicar of The Edge, and resided at Harescombe.

An ancient castle is supposed to have stood on the north-east side of the church, in the vicinity of Castle farm. "Wragg Castle" (a farmhouse), like St John's Church, is a Listed Building, which their website says dates from the early 17th century. Kelly's account suggests it may have been constructed out of the ruins of the original fortress. The lord of the manor and chief landowner in 1923, who lived at Pitchcombe House, was Lieut-Col. John Caruthers Caruthers Little J.P.


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 SO8515008253. 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 Pitchcombe, 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 2013 at 07:42.

Search for other Places of Worship in Gloucestershire, or in another County in this Database

Please choose a County by selecting one of the Tabs below.
Note: you MUST choose a County - searching all four at once is not an option!

Search Tips:

You can specify either a Place, or OS Grid Reference to search for. When you specify a Place, only entries for that place will be returned, with Places of Worship listed in alphabetical order. If you specify a Grid Reference, Places of Worship in the immediate vicinity will be listed, in order of distance from the Grid Reference supplied. The default is to list 10, but you can specify How Many you want to see, up to a maximum of 100.

You can further refine your search by supplying other search terms.

Please note the above provides a search of selected fields in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database on this site ( only. For other counties, or for a full search of the Database, you might like to try the site's Google Custom Search, which includes full webpage content.

Further Information

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no affiliation with the churches or congregations themselves, nor is it intended to provide a means to find places of worship in the present day.

Please also remember that whilst the above account may suggest that St John the Baptist's Church remains open and accessible, this may not remain so.

Do not copy any part of this page or website other than for personal use or as given in our Terms and Conditions of Use.

You may wish to take a look at our About the Places of Worship Database page for an overview of the information provided, and any limitations which may be present.

This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 11:29:14 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.

URL of this page:
Logo by courtesy of the Open Clip Art Library