Our churches

10/ Malmesbury and the Cotswold Edge

Malmesbury Abbey : a detail from the south-aisle window with glass by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones

Malmesbury Abbey : a detail from the south-aisle window with glass by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones

1/ ST JAMES, DRAYCOT CERNE1_Draycott Cerne

The church is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It is sited in
parkland and has an Early English chancel lower than the floor level
of the nave. Inside are Gothick box pews, a fine 15th century double brass
and various monuments to the Longs and Tylneys.

Opening arrangements: Keyholder nearby; ring 01249 750649 in advance

Postcode: SN15 5LG

2/ ST JAMES the GREAT, DAUNTSEY2_Dauntsey

Situated by the River Avon, the Grade 1 church has Norman foundations and
was enlarged in the 14th century. The tower is 17th century. Inside there is a
tomb to the first Earl in the Danby Chapel, other monuments, Jacobean box
pews and screen, medieval stained glass fragments and a remarkable
recently restored “Doom” painting.

Opening arrangements: Limited opening on Sunday, April to October

Postcode: SN15 4HT

3/ ST PETER and ST PAUL, GREAT SOMERFORD3_Gt Somerford

This Grade 1 Perpendicular church is also situated by the River Avon.
The colourful east window of 1865 is by Lavers and Barraud. The prettily
painted chancel roof is by F.C.Eden.

Opening arrangements: Normally open

Postcode: SN15 5JA

4/ ST JOHN the BAPTIST, LITTLE SOMERFORD4_Little Somerfood

The Grade 1 church is mainly 14th century, although the tower is later. It was
heavily restored in the 19th century. The Royal Arms are those of Elizabeth I.
The woodwork is Jacobean and there is a contemporary painting of the first
four Commandments supported by angels above the screen.

Opening times: Normally open

Postcode: SN15 5JW

5/ THE HOLY CROSS, SHERSTON5_Sherston

This Grade 1 church has a fine late Romanesque arcade. There is also Early
English and Perpendicular work. The upper stages of the tower were rebuilt
1730-33. There are a number of monuments inside.

Opening arrangements: Open daily

Postcode: SN16 0LR

6/ MALMESBURY ABBEY (ST PETER and ST PAUL)6_Malmesbury

The Grade 1 Abbey was founded in the 7th century; St Aldhelm was the
second abbot. What survives is the nave of the great abbey church in
Norman and other styles. The great glory of the church is the Romanesque
tympanum of Christ in Glory in the south porch. Also note the vaulted roof of
the nave with its coloured bosses and the Burne-Jones window by Morris & Co.

Opening arrangements: Open daily

Postcode: SN16 0AA

7/ ST JOHN the BAPTIST, CHARLTON8_Charlton by MBY

The church adjoins the gates of Charlton Park. The church is mainly
14th century although much restored in the 17th. There is a good monument
of 1598 to Sir Henry Knyvett as well as later memorials to the Earls of
Suffolk and Berkshire.

Opening arrangements: Normally open

Postcode: SN16 9DF

8/ ALL SAINTS, CRUDWELLCrudwell_new

The Grade 1 church is mainly 12th and 13th century. The bench ends
are of considerable interest as is the very rare survival in a north window of a
15th century Seven Sacraments window ( of which parts of five survive).

Opening arrangements: Normally open

Postcode: SN16 9ER

9/ ALL SAINTS. OAKSEY9_Oaksey

This Grade 1 church is mainly Perpendicular. Its chief interest lies
in the 15th century wall paintings of St Christopher and Christ of the Trades.
There is also an oak screen and medieval stained glass in the north aisle.

Opening arrangements: Open on summer Saturdays

Postcode: SN16 9TG

10/ HOLY CROSS, ASHTON KEYNES10_Ashton Keynes

The Grade 1 church is a mixture of styles from Norman to Perpendicular.
It was restored by Butterfield in the late 19th century. There is a good monument
of 1800 by Flaxman, and a fine modern screen under the tower arch.

Opening arrangements: Open daily

Postcode: SN6 6QR

11/ ST SAMPSON, CRICKLADE11_Cricklade

The distinguishing feature of this Grade 1 church is the great crossing
tower completed in 1553 at the expense of the Duke of Northumberland.
Inside, there are many heraldic bosses in the tower as well as stained glass
by Martin Travers and Kempe.

Opening arrangements: Open daily

Postcode: SN6 7RD

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