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. 

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, pease ring Bea Hyde, Benefice Administrator 07833 727701 or email


St. Mary's is carrying out a major project to re-roof the nave, chancel and north slope of the vicar's vestry, replacing badly damaged and degraded artificial slate roofs with traditional Cotswold stone slate roofs. Work started in June 2023 and should finish early in October. As of mid-August we have raised £243,000 of the total cost of £272,000.  

The PCC is very grateful to have received grants towards the work from the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust, the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation, the Benefact Trust, Lasletts Hinton Charity, the Langtree Trust along with recent grants from the National Churches Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. 

 National Churches TrustThe Wolfson Foundation

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by scanning the QR code, by cheque payable to “St. Mary’s Painswick PCC”, online by bank transfer to: PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF ST MARY'S PAINSWICK, Account No 10924113, Sort Code 20-33-83 or through the church's JustGiving page: If you are able to gift aid your donation the church will be able to reclaim an additional 25% from HMRC. To add gift aid to cheque or bank transfer donations please email our Treasurer at with the amount transferred, your house name or number and postcode.


St Mary’s Annual Accounts 2022 are ready for circulation before the APCM on 20.4.23.- a copy is posted in the Church porch and copies are available in the Church.  If you would like to download a copy please see HERE. Also for the Annual Report 2022 please see HERE