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History of St.Mary's

St Mary’s is a grade 1 listed building, dating from the 13th century, and restored in 1871-2.  It has been described as an ‘Early English Church of exceptional purity and indeed classicity’.

It is set on a hill overlooking the village with extensive views to the west.  It is an imposing building which is impossible to miss. 

The church contains many items of interest, including an Anglo-Saxon font, a Royal coat of arms dating from the 18th century, and wooden panels depicting Moses and Aaron, also from the 18th century.  Another point of great interest is the columns on the east window, as they are of Purbeck marble, and are strongly reminiscent of Salisbury Cathedral.  There is a 13th century door leading into the North porch, and a pulpit dating from the 15th century.

St.Mary’s is a ‘two star’ church in ‘England’s Thousand Best Churches’ by Simon Jenkins.  This means that the church is well visited and appreciated by many who come from all over the world.

More information is available on the history of St.Mary's by clicking on the following website links:-

Wiltshire Council - Community History

Great English Churches

British Listed Buildings

The National Archives

British History Online


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