Date(s) - 06/07/2019
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
St Mary's Church, Old Dilton
Following two hugely popular and successful tours so far this year, John Osborne will be leading our next church tour on Saturday 6 July, centred on Edington and its wonderful Priory. We will be treated to five fabulous grade 1 churches – and a good pub.
10.30 am St Mary’s, Old Dilton. BA13 3RA
Grade 1. Built in the 14th century and now in the hands of the Churches Conservation Trust. The interior was renovated in the 18th century and includes box pews, a three-decker pulpit, and two small galleries.
11.30 am St Mary the Virgin, Steeple Ashton. BA14 6EW
Grade 1. Magnificent late 15the century ‘wool’ church. The spire was struck by lightning and rebuilt in 1670, only to be struck by lightning a second time. It was not rebuilt again and the present day church has only a square tower. ” The church fairly bristles with pinnacles – a gay and fantastical sight ” ( Pevsner)
12.15 pm Lunch – ‘The Three Daggers’ at Edington (formerly ‘The Lamb’ at Tinhead)
1.45 pm The Priory Church, Edington. BA13 4QJ
Grade 1. “A wonderful church and a highly important church” ( Pevsner) ; “the most perfectly proportioned church in the county ” ( Betjeman) ; 150 ft long ; built for the Bonshommes ( regular priests who followed the Augustinian rule) c 1360 by William of Edington, Bishop of Winchester; cruciform; one of the major demonstrations in England of how the Perpendicular style replaced the Decorated style.
2.45 pm All Saints, West Lavington. SN10 4LB
Grade 1. Mainly 12th/13th century interior. Wide nave with north and south transepts and monuments in the Dauntsey Chapel. Millennium East window by Simon Whistler.
3.30 pm St Mary of the Assumption, Market Lavington. SN10 4DG
Grade 1. Mainly 14th century interior, rest of late Middle Ages; monument of 1797 to Thomas Saintsbury by Flaxman.
Registration and Cost
Please register with Martin Knight by email. Cost of tour £20 per head, payable on the day.