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St Faith, Farmcote, Gloucestershire

(51°57′34″N, 1°54′45″W)
SP 061 290
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
  • John Wand
2 August 2019

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Farmcote is a small Cotswold settlement some 2 miles E of Winchcombe. The church is located in the centre of the settlement on sloping ground and now only consists of a nave. The chancel arch is blocked and there is some evidence for an apsidal chancel (Anon.). The Romanesque elements comprise the font, chancel arch and piscina. The S doorway is 15thc.; a blocked N doorway was revealed during restoration work, but has no surviving sculpture.


There is very little documentary evidence for the history of the church before the early modern period. The earliest references to the church establish that it was a chapel of ease to St Michael, Guiting Power.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches



Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


The Historic England listing considers the font to be Early English. Both font and piscina seem rather grand for a chapel of ease; furthermore it would have been highly unusual for such a chapel to have had baptismal rights.


Anon. St Faith’s Church, Farmcote: a brief history, Private Press.

  1. F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, London, 1899, III, 122.

Historic England Building listing 1089514.

  1. M. Salter. 2008. The Old Parish Churches of Gloucestershire, Malvern, 2008, 72-73.
  1. D. Verey and A. Brooks, A. The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds (3rd edition), London, 1999, 375.

A. Williams and G.H. Martin (ed.) Domesday Book. A Complete Translation London, 2003, 461.