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Review of Cirencester Parish Church of St John Baptist

Cirencester Parish Church of St John Baptist
Market Place | Parish Office, 1 Coxwell Street, Cirencester GL7 2BQ, England
01285 659317
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Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Cirencester
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“The guides are fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Part of what made this church different from any others we toured through the Cotswolds was the passion of the groundskeepers there. They are mostly elderly retired men who volunteer to show visitors around the place and offer interesting tidbits of knowledge. The church itself is beautiful, and steeped in history dating back to a Roman ruin. There are bits and pieces in the building that came from other historically significant buildings in the area, most of which are no longer in existence. The guides are truly delightful though and it enriched the experience having someone show off their piece of history with the pride that only a local can have. The church has some original paintings on the walls which were recovered after the reformation. While touring many churches through the Cotswolds, this was the only one with murals on the walls so that was an interesting feature. There is a wealthy wool merchant that was buried in the church in the 15th century who had endowed a large sum of money to the parish church upon his death. One of the guides informed us that he would have been a billionaire in his day and that they are still using the endowment and prayers are still said for him daily because the money hasn't ran out. There is also a feature there of Anne Boleyn's cup that was passed down through her physician's family who still attend services there today.

Visited November 2013
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“Very ancient”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We went to see a performance by the Boyan Ensemble of Kiev, a Ukrainian choir who tour the UK every autumn. They are very well worth seeing if you get the chance.
We have also visited the church on other occasions as we live nearby. There are some very interesting things to see including a chalice which belonged to Ann Boleyn.

Visited September 2013
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“lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

the church is the centerpiece of the town--it's wonderful when you go inside--the organist was practicing while we were there--what a serendipitous moment for us---this church is alive in the community and offers a wealth of history and activities (concerts,tours, movies, religious store right inside the church) I'm sure it really gets highlighted during the xmas season---all of Cirencester is wonderful--only about 1.15hrs straight drive west of London---you can take the National Express bus from Victoria station and it's a little over 2hrs because they have to stop at LHR

Visited September 2013
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“Very nice church with great history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The church is in the center of the town and don't miss the visit. The church is very old. We happen to meet a volonteer in the church knowing a lot of the history. There are also connections in the past between the church and the royal family.

Visited August 2013
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Whilst milling around Cirencester with Family that live nearby, he took us to the Parish Church of St John the Baptist.

First thoughts was Wow, what a grand old building! On a hot day it was wonderful to step inside to a cool, calm and wonderfully presented Church. We were greeted by the "warden?" who happened to know my cousin and treated us to a bit of impromptu tour guiding of the History of the place, very interesting and fascinating to see the Boleyn Cup *Simply mesmerizing!*

There was also someone practising playing the Organ which was wonderful to hear and amusing when they first started up as it was unexpectedly loud in such a quite, peaceful place *thankfully it wasn't too much of a shock and enjoyed listening to them play*

So much History, it was wonderful to explore even for a brief visit, we shall be back :D

Visited August 2013
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