St Mary's Church, Little Washbourne Gloucestershire

Little Washbourne, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8NQ
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Opening times:
Open every day
  • Overview
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  • What's nearby

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.

  • Access information
    There is limited parking. A narrow gate leads to a grassy path to the porch of the south door. The path is level but difficult for wheelchairs. There is a 5cm drop down to the flagstone nave floor. There are tiered Georgian box pews at the west end approached up 2 steps. There is a wide central aisle (185 cm wide) with a step up to the altar in the small chancel.
  • Facilities & Hire
    Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
  • 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
  • Transport
    Nearest railway station: Ashchurch (5 miles). Bus route numbers 2, 526
  • History & Further Information

    Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.

    Bristol & Gloucestershire County Guide

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

    St. Mary's Little Washbourne Guidebook


  • Community information

    Click on the link below to download a copy of the church plan which sets out the shared vision for the future of the church.

    Church plans are a living document which combines information on the church’s history and its current use, outlines maintenance and repair needs, combines this with feedback and recommendations from the community, and concludes with an action plan setting out agreed short, medium and long term goals to support the sustainable use and care of the church.

    This is a working document that will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any feedback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!

    Little Washbourne Church Plan 2023.pdf