Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St John the Apostle's Church, Sheepscombe, Painswick
St John the Apostle's Church,
Sheepscombe Village,
Sheepscombe, 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 in 1820, and we understand it is still open.

St John the Apostle's Church is mentioned in Kelly's Directory of 1923 as erected in 1820, and described as "a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave and a western turret containing a clock and one bell". It was enlarged and beautified in 1873, and in 1900 the aisle was repaved and restored as a memorial to the Rev. Robert Strong B.A. vicar 1883-95.

The Baptist Chapel (later Primitive Methodist) at Jacks Green was built the same year as the Church, ie 1820. Both are recorded on the British Listed Buildings website (under Painswick), where there is the additional information for that St John the Apostle was built in 1820 by John Wight, and the 1872-3 work was by Francis Niblet. It doesn't mention the restoration in 1900 to the memory of Rev. Strong, but does say the church contains a list of incumbents dating from 1821.

There is a small graveyard surrounding the church, and a separate Cemetery on the opposite side of the road. The Memorial Inscriptions have been transcribed by the Gloucestershire Family History Society.

Ebworth Park, described by Kelly as "an ancient mansion" was in 1923 the property of Henry Workman esq. and the residence of Ernest S. Martin esq. The park is about 200 acres in extent.

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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 SO8918310102. 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 Sheepscombe, 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 Apr 2013 at 07:57.

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This Report was created 9 Aug 2022 - 20:30:25 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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