All Saints

The church is nationally famous for its Ascension Day 'Well Dressing' ceremony when the senior pupils from the Bisley Blue Coat School dress the wells in thanksgiving for the well restoration in 1863.

About this church

Thomas Keble was vicar of Bisley from 1827-1873. He improved the physical, moral, and spiritual welfare of his people, and was responsible for the building of a number of churches including St Bartholomew Oakridge, Christ Church Chalford, St John the Baptist France Lynch and the restoration of All Saints.

All Saints really is the Mother Church of those 'Oxford Movement' churches built and rebuilt by Revd Thomas.

It was Thomas junior who uncovered the mystery of the legend of the 'Bisley Boy'. This was the local lad who was substituted for the young Princess Elizabeth who was staying in Over Court next to the church. Having fallen ill, after her death she was buried in the garden and the boy grew up to become Elizabeth I, explaining why she never married and supplied an heir and always appeared with whitened face to disguise a male beard!

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches


St Mary of the Angels

The chapel is idyllically sited overlooking the Toadmoor Valley, the site is made more poignant by the run of identically sized memorial crosses which mark the graves of Bertha and Katherine and a number of local Catholic priests, monks and laymen and women.

All Saints

Designed by GF Bodley and dedicated in 1862, All Saints is of major importance as his first collaboration with William Morris.

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