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Follow a Trail to get a flavour of the story of English architecture and the church and/or order and refer to the Publications below.

Wiltshire has an extremely rich ecclesiastical heritage of more than 500 churches and chapels. It runs for example from the sophisticated Norman work of St John, Devizes and Malmesbury Abbey to the later medieval glories of Edington and Steeple Ashton; from the 17th century fittings and St John monuments at Lydiard Tregoze to the splendour of All Saints Wardour, which was built by Paine and Soane for the Roman Catholic Arundells; from the early 19th century Jane Austen Gothick woodwork of Mildenhall to Wyatt & Brandon’s great Lombardic church at Wilton built for the Herberts, Earls of Pembroke.

We have created eleven Church Trails which highlight a number of churches and
chapels which can be visited conveniently in one journey. There is a description of every church and chapel on each trail. The photographs of the churches described in the Trails are copyright of Brian Woodruffe. For permission to reproduce them, please apply to:

Brian J. Woodruffe Esq.
Anchors Holme, Hop Gardens, Whiteparish, Salisbury, SP5 2SS
01794 884436
bjwtuscany1@waitrose.com

If you would like to take part in a guided group tour you will find details at the ‘Future Events’ section of the ‘Friends’ page of this site.

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    1/ In and around the City of Salisbury
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    2/ Across Salisbury Plain
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    3/ Through the Nadder and Chalke Valleys
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    4/ Along the Wylye to the West Wiltshire Hills
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    5/ Churches of the Bradford Deanery
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    6/ Around Devizes
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    7/ From Pewsey Vale to Chute Forest
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    8/ From Savernake to the Wiltshire Downs
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    9/ Calne and Chippenham Deaneries
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    10/ Malmesbury and the Cotswold Edge
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    11/ Swindon and its villages

PUBLICATIONS

Two of our Trustees have written the comprehensive books on churches in Wiltshire and London that are reviewed below and which are offered for sale

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Parish Churches of Wiltshire: A Guide

by Brian Woodruffe

A detailed description of Wiltshire churches can be found in “Parish Churches of Wiltshire: A Guide” by Brian Woodruffe (Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust 2010).

This is the first comprehensive guide to churches in Wiltshire. It will encourage many people to explore not only the nationally significant churches but also the smaller and less obvious places of worship that are tucked away and easily by-passed.It consists of 206 pages with 12 chapters, each centred on a different region of Wiltshire. Over 300 churches are covered. It is illustrated with more than 700 colour photographs and drawings. The Foreword is by Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, President of the Friends of Wiltshire Churches.

This book costs £20, plus £2.50 postage and packaging from Michael Hodges, Lawn Cottage, Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire SP3 6SG. All profits will go to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust.

Parish Churches of London: A Guide

by Michael Hodges

Published in December 2015, this book is the first comprehensive guide to the Anglican and catholic churches (outside the well-covered City of London) of Greater London. It will encourage people to explore not only the better known churches, for instance of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, but also those lesser known gems of Camden, Croydon, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, etc. The book covers each London borough in alphabetical order, with a brief introduction to its history, followed by a chronological gazetteer of first Anglican and then Catholic churches from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. It includes details on church architects, architecture, furnishings, monuments, stained glass, etc for over 420 churches.

Michael Hodges studied at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, before spending forty years as a banker focusing on the Middle East. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire and a trustee of the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust.

Illustrated with more than 1340 colour photographs. Foreword by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO, Patron of The Heritage of London Trust.

ORDER FORM

Orders should be placed with, and cheques addressed to: The Heritage of London Trust, 34 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0DH

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For further lists of churches and
chapels in Wiltshire

Anglican Diocese of Salisbury
Anglican Diocese of Bristol
Catholic Diocese of Clifton
The United Reformed Church
Baptist Union of Great Britain
The Methodist Church

 For NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND neighbouring Historic Churches Trusts

The National Churches Trust

The Ecclesiological Society

Dorset Historic Churches Trust
Somerset Historic Churches Trust
Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust
Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust
Berkshire Historic Churches Trust
Hampshire & The Islands Historic Churches Trust