Painswick to Edge

Gloucestershire                                                                                                           Photos by Hetty

Painswick Town History

Thomas Twining, of Twinings tea was born in Painswick in 1675

15th October 2020

Painswick Beacon                                                              2 miles                Map of walk

31st August 2014                         Click here to view map      Distance 8 miles, 5h 30 m

We parked in the main car park and walked up New St

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S1053011 copySt Mary’s church originated in the 12th century, but the oldest part of the current church is 14th century. The tower was built in the 15th century and the spire was added in the 17th century. The yew trees are famous.

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The Falcon Hotel built 1711 was once the chief inn of the town. (Their website says is dates from 1554)S1053015 copy

Town Hall

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The Beacon 1760

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Former Chapel, 1806

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This chapel was built in 1803 and restored in 1892

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18th century cattle pound

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Gyde House used to be an orphanage

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Golf course (created in 1891)

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This cemetery opened when the churchyard was closed for burials in 1860

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Through the woodsS1053046 copy


Catsbrain quarry

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On to the top of Painswick Beacon, and a wonderful view of the River Severn and the Arlingham Peninsula

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Across the Severn is May Hill with the trees on the top

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Gloucester, with its cathedral, is in the vale

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An Iron Age hill fort (500-100 BC) lies at the top of the Painswick Beacon,

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Looking back to the Beacon

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Spoonbed Farm

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Thatched roofs are unusual here

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Holcombe House 16th/17th centuryS1053102 copy


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Looking back to the Beacon

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Former chapel at Edge

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This represents Wragg Castle – the 12th century Ragged Castle that was once near here

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Pincot Lane

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Kings Mill

There was a water mill here in 1495, it has been a corn mill, a cloth mill and a pin mill

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The name Castle Hale comes from the fortified mansion that was here in the 12th century

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Painswick Rocco Garden


Prinknash Bird and Deer Park

Painswick Church


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