St Michael & St Martin's Church, Eastleach Martin, Gloucestershire
- What's nearby
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 nineteenth-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 thirteenth century.
Other things to find include a lectern made from Elizabethan table legs and bedposts and 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.
An ancient painted wonder saved by William Morris
A chancel in the wetlands
A tiny 800-year-old church
Approach is along gravel path from either end of the churchyard. Main entrance is one step down to south porch.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water and toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
4 miles north of Lechlade, off A361 or A417; well signposted from the Cirencester/Lechlade Road (A417).
Nearest railway stations: Shipton (9.7 miles) or Swindon (12 miles).
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. Michael & St. Martin's Eastleach Guidebook
Click here to download a copy of the CP which sets out the shared vision for the future 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!Eastleach Church Plan.pdf