Churches

Bishopstrow, St Aldhelm's
On the site of an 8th century church, probably where St Aldhelm (Bishop of Malmesbury)planted his ashen staff in the ground and it grew (hence the name of the village), the present building dating from the 14th century and re-built in 1757, was restored in 1876 in the Victorian Gothic style. Inside are a carved oak screen (search for the little mouse) and several memorials to the Temple and Southey families. England rugby star Will Carling was baptised here.


Boyton, St Mary's
Here rests the chivalrous crusader Sir Alexander Giffard, whose effigy shows him cross-legged with an otter at his feet (he was the only notable survivor of the Battle of Mansourah in 1250 and escaped by swimming across the Nile). The church has a unique feature - a wheel window 12 feet across - an architectural gem which has no parallel in an English parish church.


Great Wishford, St Giles
A Jacobean chest, a Renaissance-style monument to Sir Richard Grobham (1629), and one of the earliest fire engines (made by Richard Newsham in 1727) can all be found inside. The churchyard wall contains inscribed stones recording the price of bread from 1800 onwards.


Kingston Deverill, St Mary's
A Saxon font, an effigy of Sir Robert Vernon (Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1268), a window of Flemish origin with 16th century glass, a 14th century bell tower, six bells presented in 1731, and an interesting selection of gargoyles, are just a few of the things to be seen here.


Knook, St Margaret's
Among the many interesting features are a Saxon cross shaft on a decorated side panel, Norman windows, Norman capitals supporting a wooden chancel arch, and an 11th century carved tympanum of a lion or a leopard and a dragon feeding on the tree of life. Walk around the back of the church to see its chimney!


Old Dilton, St Mary's
The exterior is 14th and 15th century, and the interior features Georgian woodwork, panelled box pews with original fittings, drawers and individual fireplaces, and a three-decker pulpit. Enter via the priest's door to discover one of Wiltshire's architectural gems.


Sherrington, St Cosmas And St Damian
The church, one of only four in the country dedicated to the Middle-Eastern saints Cosmas and Damian, confirms the area's link with the Crusades. Inside are many interesting things including an almost complete set of Elizabethan and Jacobean wall texts. Sutton Veny, St Leonard's Redundant church, now partly in ruins, first mentioned in 1220, restored several times hence its Early English and Norman architecture. Table-top tombs, cast iron grave markers, and interesting epitaphs can be seen around the chestnut and yew trees which mark this pleasant spot.


Warminster, St Denys
Warminster's greatest building. Of cruciform plan with a tower squat firmly on the crossing, mainly 14th century but almost completely re-built in the 1880s to the design of Arthur Blomfield. Restored in the 15th century style. Outside is a yew tree measuring over 15 feet in circumference.


Warminster, St Laurence
Late 16th, early 17th century rectangular west tower, and a mid-19th century nave re- built from a 13th century shell. Clock with no face, in the tower, chimes on the hours and quarters. Open daily for prayer.