St Peter & St Paul

Northleach church is a monument to the 15th century glory days of this sleepy little town, when Northleach wool was the finest and the town's merchants the wealthiest.

About this church

One merchant, called John Fortey (commemorated in one of the fine collection of brasses here) took the church into another league by raising the nave roof and adding a lofty clerestory that fills the church with light.

It includes an immense Perpendicular window above the chancel arch ' a fine example of a feature that is special to Cotswold 'wool' churches.

Other merchants of the time provided funds to enrich their church in other ways.

The Lady Chapel and the elegant stone pulpit all date from this period, as does the pinnacled two storey south porch: be sure to look up at the vaulting inside.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

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

For a combination of ancient church and classic Cotswold village, Bibury is hard to beat.

St Peter

Lesser known than its neighbour, Lower Slaughter, Upper Slaughter is equally pretty.

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