St Michael & St Martin's Church, Eastleach Martin, Gloucestershire

Address: Eastleach Martin, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 3NN
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Gorgeous riverside church in an idyllic Cotswold setting

This picture-postcard Medieval church stands in a gently sloping churchyard by the river Leach, just a stone’s throw from its sister church at Eastleach Turville on the opposite bank.

The two are linked by a stone clapper bridge known as Keble’s Bridge after its 19th-century curate John Keble, a much-loved poet and Oxford scholar.

The church’s treasures include three beautiful carved windows which feature Decorated tracery, mouldings and tiny stone heads from the 13th century.

Other things to find include:

  • a lectern made from Elizabethan table legs and bedposts
  • a Medieval font with an octagonal bowl
  • fragments of the original Medieval stained glass.

A visit in spring is particularly delightful when daffodils line the river banks and the approaches to the bridge.

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Road directions

4 miles north of Lechlade, off A361 or A417; well signposted from the Cirencester/Lechlade Road (A417)

Public transport information

Nearest railway stations: Shipton (9.7 miles) or Swindon (12 miles).

OS Reference No.

SP 202 052

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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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Comments

  1. Anonymous (19 Jan 2012, 23:47)

    This church is adorable. Eastleach is somewhere we have visited every week since I was about 9. It is a beautiful village that is very dear to me and my family and I hope that I can continue to take my children round for the wallks we so often take. The church and the grounds they are set in, are truely idilic and on a summers day the water is so clear and inviting. Eastleach is somewhere I feel a special connection with, so much so this is where my stepfather choose to scatter my grandads ashes. May he rest in peace.

  2. George (07 Mar 2013, 16:16)

    We have visited both churches at Eastleach regularly. I often think about the idyllic setting when I am away. Even though I am not at all religious, this village, together with the churches and the stream are the one place I really feel spiritual.
    I just hope that it remains as it is now for ever.

  3. Heather (10 Apr 2014, 18:27)

    My mom has loooong been obsessed with English Villages so I felt compelled to send some much needed prayer requests to English Village churches :) )Please say a prayers for my precious mom, Beverly Goddard of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She has been having health issues and now she is having major surgery on April 16, 2014 to reconnect her bowel and remove the very large hernia. Please pray for a successful surgery and a successful and full recovery (as there can be many complications with this surgery/recovery). My mom is my world and she (and my dad) are truly the most selfless, loving, devoted people/parents in the world. I thank you very much.

  4. Eleanor Wasley (18 Sep 2014, 20:27)

    This is a lovely church, especially in spring when it is surrounded by daffodils. The walk across the clapper bridge to Eastleach Turville is great fun. We took lots of pictures which can be seen here, along with my description.
    http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/cotswolds/gloucestershire/gloucestershire_two/eastleach_martin/index.html

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St Michael & St Martin's Church, Eastleach Martin, Gloucestershire

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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

Smooth gravelled path to door.

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.