St Mary's Church, Little Washbourne, Gloucestershire

Address: Little Washbourne, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8NQ
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A time-capsule with a mischievious ghost

Hidden in an orchard with spectacular views of the Cotswolds and Bredon Hill, the setting of Little Washbourne church is very beautiful.

The walls are of warm local stone with Cotswold slate roofs to match and, though considerably rebuilt over the years, the structure is largely Norman.

Its interior is simple and light, with flagged floors, plastered walls, traces of Medieval wallpaintings and lovely Georgian furnishings.

The churchyard has only one grave as the ground is waterlogged – legend says it is that of a boy who drowned and now mischievously haunts the nearby Hobnails Inn.

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Road directions

6 miles east of Tewkesbury, off B4077; 5 miles east of M5 junction 9; coming from Tewkesbury, turn left 200 metres before The Hobnails Inn

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Ashchurch (5 miles). Bus route numbers 2, 526

OS Reference No.

SO 989 334

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.


 

 

 

PDF iconBristol & Gloucestershire County Guide (PDF, 4.6mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Bristol & Gloucestershire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Community information for St Mary's Church, Little Washbourne

 

All our Goucestershire churches are in CCT’s West region.

Useful local links

Explore Gloucestershire tourism website 

Gloucestershire Local History Society 

Gloucestershire Family History Society 

Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust 

List of Gloucestershire churches 

Gloucershire is in the Diocese of Gloucester

Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

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St Mary's Church, Little Washbourne, Gloucestershire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

A narrow gate leads to a grassy path to the porch. Path is level but difficult for wheelchairs.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.