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About St Mary's

The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary is a Grade I listed building.

A priest in Painswick is noted in the Domesday Book and so it is assumed that there was also a church here at that time. Evidence suggests that it was first built between 1042 and 1066. From the C12 to the Dissolution it was a possession of Lanthony Priory, Gloucestershire. The current church building (listed grade I) dates from c 1378 and later, according to Historic England. The former Lady Chapel is late C15 as is the north aisle of the nave. The south aisle was added in 1741 and rebuilt in 1883. The tower is of the mid C15, the spire of 1632.

Painswick Church is also famous for its 99 Yew Trees (dating back to the 18th century), which stand in the large churchyard.


The churchyard is bounded to the north-west by New Street, in part to the north-west by Victoria Street which turns off New Street, while the south-east corner is followed by the lane connecting Hale Lane and St Mary's Street.

ENTRANCES AND APPROACHES: The churchyard is entered off New Street through a half-timbered, gatehouse-like lychgate (listed grade II) at the south-west corner of the churchyard. It is of 1901-2, and constructed from timbers reused from the belfry. Another gate off New Street with C19 stone gate piers (listed grade II) lies 50m to the north-east. A third entrance off New Street is at the north corner of the churchyard. Its wide-set gate piers (listed grade II) with vermiculated panels and ball finials were designed and built by John Bryan in 1748. The entrance at the east corner of the churchyard, off St Mary's Street, has C19 octagonal piers (listed grade II) identical to those on the central New Street entrance. Another gate, next to Stocks Cottage, is 30m to the south-west. (

Graves and Memorials

The GPR (Gravestone Photographic Resource) holds 190 grave and 535 person records for the burial ground. FindAGrave has 588 memorials listed (as at Feb 2021). See below for links to known sites with information on interments.

If you need to consult records held by the church such as the registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages, you may make an appointment to visit by contacting the Churchwardens at the Lychgate Office. There is usually a small charge.

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