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St John the Baptist

Lies in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Beauty. and surrounded by a stunningly beautiful churchyard overlooking the Painswick valley.

Pitchcombe, Gloucestershire

Opening times

The church is open between 10am and 4pm.


Gloucester Road

The present church was built in 1819 on the site of the old Norman church, affectionately known as the Pitchcombe Cradle. It retains a single bell dating from the 14th century and also four large stone tablets dating from the 17th century which are hung on the walls. These depict The Creed, The Lord's Prayer and The Ten Commandments.

There are some fine stained glass windows and an attractive painted reredos which has recently been restored. In recent years some reordering has taken place.

The churchyard contains some fine table tombs, together with two war graves and the war memorial. Situated close by is the village hall, which was once the village school. The whole complex is the hub of village life.

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • A Midsummer Flower Festival is renowned.

  • Regular coffee mornings with a short talk are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

  • Church of England

  • Cornerstone Grant, £10,000, 2019

  • Our Cornerstone Grants fund urgent repairs and essential community facilities such as toilets and kitchens to help keep churches open.

Contact information

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