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“The Most Beautiful Churchyard”
Review of St Marys Painswick

St Marys Painswick
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Painswick
Certificate of Excellence
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“The Most Beautiful Churchyard”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

I haven't visited Painswick for 20 years & I still consider it to be the most beautiful churchyard that I've ever seen. We were very fortunate to have a sunny day. I had heard the story that there were 99 yew trees because whenever a 100th tree was planted it would die. This isn't true as the website states here http://stmaryspainswick.org.uk/visitor-information/the-yew-trees/
There are beautiful table top & tea caddy tombs amongst the gravestones. These along with the beautifully clipped yews are a superb sight. The interior of the church is attractive with a pretty mosaic reredos but disappointing, it must once have been beautiful. <i>Shot to pieces in the Civil War, burned, struck by lightning, Victorianised and recently modernised, it has been ill-treated by history. </i>
There's not a fee for entrance but donations are asked for which few people seem to give.

Visited April 2013
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“99 trees and lovely church”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

This is a beautiful village and it has the oldest bowling green behind the falcon hotel, and oldest post office in England. The church is well kept and the trees are fascinating. This is truly wonderful architecture and kept beautifully. Loads of visitors and rightly so

Visited March 2013
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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Exactly 99 Yew Trees!”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

St Mary's is famous for having 99 yew trees in the churchyard, well worth a visit just to see them - we didn't count them but did find numbers one and ninety-nine! The church itself is well worth seeing too. Right in the centre of Painswick village so easy to find.

Visited February 2013
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Beautiful church and unusual churchyard...”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Painswick is a beautiful village and the surrounding countryside and woodlands are stunning.Painswick itself has a few interesting shops, deli-wine bar and pubs...so it is a good place to stop off,explore and stay.

Visited October 2012
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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Count the yew trees - there should be 99”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

A Must Visit, outstandingly beautiful Church and surroundings in a very friendly village. Very helpful Wardens and Vicars. You can make the Sunday morning service and its remarkable bells as Painswick is only one and half hours from London.

Visited October 2012
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