Welcome to the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Painswick


Painswick St Mary’s lies in the centre of the Benefice and is the largest church and parish. in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds and has a population of about 2000 peopl. The village is known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds  and is one of England’s oldest ‘Wool Towns’, the wealth from wool production and weaving in the area gave the town many fine buildings, particularly St. Mary’s Church.

Whenever you approach Painswick, from north, south, east or west, your eyes will rest upon the tall, beautiful spire of St. Mary’s Church with its weathercock standing some 639 feet above sea level.  As a church in the heart of our community we are committed to sharing the love and hope of Jesus Christ with everyone who lives here whatever their age or background. Our church is open all day, and many visitors come to enjoy the peace of our church building and churchyard. Painswick Church is also very famous for its 99 Yew Trees (dating back to the 18th century), which stand in the large churchyard. The legend states that 100th tree will never grow but who knows!

Our church building, its churchyard, and the Church Rooms (the old school across the churchyard which acts as a Church Hall)  have been the centre of the village community for centuries.  Today they are the focus of community activity and commemoration.  The annual Easter Egg Hunt, the Clypping Service in September (the festival of St Mary's), the Remembrance Day tribute at the Memorial, and exhibitions, concerts and servuices through the year keep us in the mind and eye of the parish and village.  In 2019 we have the Artburst Festoval -

The Church Building, Like the Church Rooms, is available for hire and is a very popular venue for concerts.  The charge is £250 for non charitable organizations' events, and £100 for charitable organizations' events.  In the latter case there can be a custom charge to fit in with the needs of the organisation.  To discuss, plpease ring the Churchwarden, Margaret Radway, on 07896-430107.