A delightful Cotswold village between Gloucester and Stroud, Painswick sits in beautiful countryside and is famous for it’s golf course. This historic wool town Built of mellow Cotswold stone from the local quarry on Painswick Beacon the town’s many beautiful buildings can be seen as you wander around its quaint and narrow streets.
New Street, constructed around 1428 when the wool and cloth trade was flourishing.
The church of St Mary was extended around 1480 in the English perpendicular style. The churchyard with 99 yew trees (legend has it that the 100th won’t grow) and unusual tabletop tombs is also famous for its ‘Clypping ceremony’ This ancient religious ceremony has nothing to do with the trees but is the embracing of the church by children of the parish carrying nosegays and singing hymns. A closer look at the church tower still reveals traces of Painswick’s role in the Civil War.
Painswick Beacon has magnificent views across the Severn Valley and on a clear day the Welsh Mountains can be seen. The outlines of the Iron Age Fort can be seen around the summit. There is also an 18 hole golf course. Squash club, riding stables and tennis courts are close by.
The Slad Valley, made famous by Laurie Lee in his book ‘Cider with Rosie’ is also noted for its wild flowers as is Scotsquar Common at Edge. Edge, Slad and Sheepscombe are all villages within walking distance of Painswick and well worth a visit.
The celebrated Rococo Gardens at Painswick House are open to the public throughout the year. In late Winter and early spring the carpets of snowdrops are truly breathtaking.
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