Date(s) - 18/05/2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Our next tour will be led by Edward Buchan on Saturday 18 May and will cover churches in the Malmesbury area. Edward has put together a mouth-watering collection of Grade 1 gems and has kindly arranged tea at his home to round off the day.
10.00 a.m. Assemble for coffee at Hullavington Arms, The Street, Hullavington, Chippenham SN14 6DU
10.30 a.m. St Mary Magdalene, Hullavington
Mainly early 13thc except tower by Blomfield. Fine late 13thc N chapel. 17thc panel of sacrifice of Isaac. 17thc & 18thc monuments. Grade I.
11.30 a.m. Holy Cross, Sherston
* Described as “splendid ” by the Shell Guide ; Gothic tower of 1730 ; church Norman and Early English ; 13thc chancel drastically restored by Ewan Christian ; Jacobean pulpit ; monuments 13th – 19thc . Grade I.
12.15 p.m. Foxley (no dedication)
Mainly EE with unusual T shaped interior, Jacobean pews and 18thc reredos. 1722 monument to George Aycliffe. 1901 window after G F Watts. Grade I. Nearby mortuary chapel at Cowage Farm, former church of Bremilham, claims to be the smallest church in England just 12 ft square and 1 pew.
1.00 p.m. Lunch at The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury SN16 0BW. Est. 1220.
2.00 p.m. Malmesbury Abbey, St Peter & St Paul * * * “One of Wiltshire’s glorious churches” (Woodruffe) 7thc abbatial foundation of St Aldhelm; only nave survived the Reformation; half Norman west front survives; Pevsner: “ The South Porch is the chef d’oeuvre of Malmesbury , among the best pieces of Norman sculpture in England .” ; tympanum of Christ in Glory ; vaulted roof with painted bosses and heads; Perpendicular tomb chest of King Athelstan ; Burne – Jones window . Grade I.
3.00 p.m. Holy Rood, Rodbourne
Norman s. doorway with undamaged Tree of Life in tympanum; 19thc tower with fine saddleback roof; early Wm Morris glass in E window
3.45pm Tea at Southsea Farm, Kington Langley SN15 5PB
Cost of tour £20 per head, payable on the day.
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