Painswick in 1838
Painswick is in the Stroud or great clothing district, about three miles north of Stroud, and five miles and a half miles south-south-east of Gloucester. It is small and irregularly built on the southern acclivity of Sponebed Hill. The church is an ancient building, with a tower and spire rising to the height of 174 feet. The population of the parish in 1831 was 4,099 ; most of the inhabitants are employed in the clothing manufacture. On the summit of Sponebed Hill is an ancient fortification called Kinsbury Castle. Roman coins and other antiquities have been found here ; and it is supposed to have been once a place of great strength.