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Alderbury, St. Mary (1858). SU 182 269. Les Needham. Link. Grade II listed.
Alton Barnes, St. Mary the Virgin. Roger Jones. Two views Ian Miller - 1, 2. Link.
Amesbury, the Abbey Church of St. Mary and St. Melor. SU 152 414. From an old postcard (franked 1905) in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view, taken from an almost identical position. Chris Kippin. Link. Grade I listed.
Ashton Keynes, Holy Cross. Simon Edwards (2011). Two further views - 1, 2, and an interior view, all Simon Edwards (2012). Grade I listed - link.
Avebury, St. James, on High Street. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Two modern views - 1, 2, both Alex Parker. Christopher Skottowe has an old album containing (among other things) a photo of a church, which has previously been in the Unknown section. The photo dates from circa 1893. Phil Draper has identified it as being of St. James in Avebury Wiltshire. Link. Grade I listed. U.R.C., and an interior view, both Chris Stafford (2013). Link. Grade II listed.

Beanacre, St. Barnabas. Janet Gimber (2012). Link. Grade II listed - link.
Bemerton, St. Andrew. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection - note that the card calls it Bermerton. Was this ever a valid spelling for the place?. Link.
Berwick Bassett, St. Nicholas. Now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Interior view. Both Janet Gimber (2015). Link. Grade II* listed.
Biddestone, St. Nicholas. Lesley Anne Petrone. Another view, Janet Gimber (2017). Link. Grade I listed. The former Methodist Church (originally Primitive Methodist) on Cuttle Lane and Slaughterford Road. Janet Gimber (2017). The former Ebenezer Baptist Chapel on Cuttle Lane, now in residential use. Janet Gimber (2017).
Bincknoll. A BBC news item on the discovery of a medieval chapel in a domestic garden.
Bishopstone (near Swindon), St. Mary the Virgin. John Pope. Two further views - 1, 2, and an interior view, all Simon Edwards. Grade I listed.
Bishopstone (near Salisbury), St. John the Baptist. SU 084 264. Les Needham. Link. Grade I listed.
Blunsdon, St. Leonard. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. A modern view, and an interior view, both Simon Edwards. Link.
Bowden Hill, St. Anne (1856-7). Janet Gimber (2017). Link. Grade II listed.
Bradford-on-Avon.
Bratton, St. James. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards (2011).
Bremilham, what is reputed to be the smallest church in Britain. It stands on the site of the larger medieval church of the village of Bremilham, the village having disappeared centuries ago. Another view. Interior view, taken from the door. Too small for an altar, the windowsill is used. The font, and a bell dated 1729. ST 903 860. All Janet Gimber (2012). Informative link.
Bremhill, St. Martin. Mark Summers. Interior view, Simon Edwards (2012). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Brinkworth, St. Michael and All Angels. Interior view. SU 0129 8442. Both Simon Edwards (2011). Another view, Carole Sage (2013). Grade I listed (which lists it just as St. Michael).
Britford, St. Peter. SU 163 284. Les Needham. Link. Grade I listed.
Broad Blunsdon - see Blunsdon above.
Broad Chalke (or Broadchalke), All Saints. Another view. SU 041 253. Both Caroline Webb. And another, Les Needham. Link. Grade I listed. The U.R.C. (1862) also serves as a community shop. Another view. SU 039 256. Both Les Needham. Link.
Broad Hinton, St. Peter ad Vincula. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards (2011). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Broad Town, Christ Church. Grade II listed. The former Primitive Methodist Chapel, now used as a garage. Both Janet Gimber (2015).
Bromham, St. Nicholas. From an old postcard (franked ca. 1910), Graeme Harvey's Collection. Another old postcard was previously in the Unknown section.  From Steve Bulman's Collection, this one has the caption deleted as part of the postcard itself. Identified by Greg Mishevski and Simon Davies. Link. Grade I listed - link.
Broughton Gifford, St. Mary the Virgin. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection.
Bulkington, Christ Church, on High Street. Interior view. Link1. Link2. Grade II listed. The former Methodist Chapel was built as Wesleyan. Standing at the junction of Mill Lane and High Street, it was sold in 1966, and now serves as the village hall. All Janet Gimber (2017).
Burbage, All Saints. Another view. SU 2332 6142. Both Carole Sage (2013). Link. Grade II* listed.

Cadley, Christ Church. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Castle Combe, St. Andrew. Interior view. ST 8412 8416. Both Bill McKenzie (2010). Another view, Alex Parker. And another, Carole Sage (2010). Link.
Charlton, St. John the Baptist. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards (2012).
Cherhill, St. James. Four additional views - 1, 2, 3, 4. All Roger Heap (2015). Link. Grade II* listed.
Chippenham, St. Andrew. Mark Summers. Grade II* listed - link. U.R.C. Graeme Harvey. Former Primitive Methodist Church, now in secular use - identified by Janet Gimber. Graeme Harvey. Link. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, now in secular use. Identified by Janet Gimber, who advises that it ceased in use as a church in 1909. Graeme Harvey. Grade II listed - link.
Christian Malford, All Saints. Mark Summers.
Chute Forest, the redundant St. Mary (1875), now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Richard A. Marriott (2013). Link.
Codford St. Mary, St. Mary. David Roberts.
Codford St. Peter, St. Peter, the Saxon cross shaft. Christopher Skottowe (1964). Link, with exterior and interior photos. Grade II* listed.
Colerne, St. John the Baptist. Interior view. Link. Grade I listed. The Methodist Church on High Street and Bath Road was built as Primitive Methodist in 1895. The former Providence Particular Baptist Chapel (1867) on High Street is now in residential use. Grade II listed. The Evangelical Church on Chapel Path was built as Congregational (later Independent) in 1824. Grade II listed. The disused Airfield Chapel on Quarry Lane.
All Janet Gimber (2017).
Collingbourne Ducis, St. Andrew. Graeme Harvey. Two additional views - 1, 2, both Chris K. (2013). Link1. Link2. Grade II* listed.
Collingbourne Kingston, St. Mary. Graeme Harvey. Link1. Link2. Grade II* listed.
Coombe Bissett, St. Michael and All Angels. Roger Hopkins. An old postcard view, from Reg Dosell's Collection. Link. Baptist Church (1894). SU 112 260. Les Needham. Link.
Corsham, St. Bartholomew. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Corsley, St. Margaret of Antioch. ST 829 467. Mark Summers.
Corston, All Saints. ST 925 839. Bill Henderson. Two additional views - 1, 2, both Chris Kippin (2017). Link. Grade II* listed. An unidentified former Chapel. ST 924 839. Chris Kippin (2017).
Coulston, St. Thomas Becket. Elizabeth Nash.
Cricklade, St. Sampson. Looking up into the tower, showing the stone vaulting, and the altar. Link. Grade I listed - link. St. Mary (R.C.). Link. Grade II* listed - link, which says this was originally the Anglican Parish Church. United Church. All Simon Edwards (2012).
Crudwell, All Saints. Graeme Harvey. An old postcard view, from Reg Dosell's Collection.

Devizes.
Dilton Marsh, Holy Trinity (1844) on High Street. Another view. Link. Grade II* listed. Baptist Church on Stormore, originally Particular Baptist. I think this link is relevant. Penknap Providence Baptist Church. Link. Grade II listed. All Janet Gimber (2017).
Donhead St. Andrew, St. Andrew. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Durrington, All Saints. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. Link.

East Knoyle, St. Mary. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards. Link.
Edington, the Priory Church, dedicated to St. Mary, St. Katherine and All the Saints. Margaret Woodley. Link.
Erlestoke, Holy Saviour. Elizabeth Nash. Link.

Fifield Bavant, St. Martin (O). Les Needham. Link. Grade II* listed.
Fittleton, All Saints. From an old postcard (franked 1910) in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Ford, the former St. John (1896-2001), now residential. Chris Stafford (2014). Link.
Foxley, dedication unknown. Interior view and texts on the West wall. It has an unusually grand monument for such a small church, and an ancient bleached door. All Janet Gimber (2012). Link. Also see Bremilham above.
Fugglestone, St. Peter. Previously in the Unknown section, it was identified by Phil Draper.
Paul E. Barnett. Link. Grade II* listed.
Fyfield, St. Nicholas. Graeme Harvey.

Garsdon, All Saints. ST 966 877. Chris Kippin (2017). Link. Grade II listed.
Great Bedwyn, St. Mary the Virgin. Another view. SU 2776 6427. Both Carole Sage (2013). Link. Grade I listed.
Great Chalfield, All Saints, in the grounds of Great Chalfield Manor. Janet Gimber (2012). Link. Grade I listed.

Hankerton, Holy Cross. ST 971 907. Graeme Wall.
Hannington, St. John the Baptist. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards. Link.
Heytesbury, St. Peter and St. Paul. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards. Link.
Highworth, Wiltshire, St. Michael and All Angels. SU 201 925. Simon Edwards. Another view, two interiors - 1, 2, a window, the pulpit and the font, all Carole Sage (2015). Link. U.R.C., originally Zion (Independent Congregational). SU 2006 9243. Carole Sage (2015).
Hilmarton, St. Laurence. Another view and an interior view, all Simon Edwards (2012). Grade I listed - link.
Hilperton Marsh, St. Mary Magdalen (1889) on Horse Street. Another view. Both Janet Gimber (2017). Link. A little history here.
Hinton Parva (previously known as Little Hinton), St. Swithin. John Pope. Two further views, 1, 2.  Stephen Naas. Link.
Holt, St. Katherine. Mark Summers. U.R.C. on The Street. It was preceded by the former Independent Chapel, also on The Street, and now used as a hall. Both Janet Gimber (2017).
Homington, St. Mary the Virgin. SU 122 260. Link. Grade II listed. The former Primitive Methodist Chapel (1877), now a private residence. SU 121 260. Both Les Needham.

Imber, St. Giles. Imber is famous as the village evacuated during WWII to allow for its use in military exercises. Despite several attempts, the residents were never allowed to return. The church is the only building which is still maintained - it's under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Several services are still held each year. Another view (note the five pinnacles on the tower!). Interior view on a very busy open day. The church retains some medieval wall-paintings, and, very unusually, a C17 change-ringers chart. The roof timbers are very plain. The altar, and an unusual and handsome monument. ST 965 483. All Janet Gimber (2012). Link. Grade I listed. This BBC article (drawn to my attention by Howard Richter) has more on the the village, and on the hanging and ringing of a new peal of bells.
Inglesham, St. John the Baptist. It has been in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust since 1979. Interior view, the altar and font, and a stone-carved Madonna and Child, allegedly Saxon. SU 2053 9843. All Chris Stafford (2013). Two more interiors - 1, 2, both Carole Sage (2009). Link1. Link2. Link3. Grade I listed.

Keevil, St. Leonard on Church Lane. Link1. Link2. Grade II* listed. The former Methodist Church on Main Street, built as Wesleyan. Grade II listed. Both Janet Gimber (2017).

Lacock, St. Cyriac. ST 917 685. Interior view. Both Aidan McRae Thomson. Another view, Alex Parker, and another, Carole Sage (2009). Link. Grade I listed. Cemetery Chapel. ST 914 683. Steve Bulman. Another view. Dennis Harper (2011). Lacock Abbey - little remains of the Abbey in this view, though the cloisters are original. Both Alex Parker. Link. Grade I listed. The former Methodist Church on The Wharf, now in residential use. Another view. Both Janet Gimber (2015). The former Congregational Chapel (built as Independent) on Chapel Hill. It has been used as holiday accommodation, but as of 2015 it was up for sale. Another view. Both Janet Gimber (2015). Grade II listed. The site of the C13 Chapel of the Abbey is marked in the grass, as is the C14 Lady Chapel. Both Janet Gimber (2015).
Langley Burrell, St. Peter. ST 927 757. Chris Kippin (2017). Link. Grade I listed.
Latton, St. John the Baptist. Simon Edwards. Link.
Lea, St. Giles. ST 956 862. Chris Kippin (2017). Link. Grade II listed.
Leigh, All Saints. Simon Edwards (2011). Link.
Leigh Delamere, St. Margaret. Originally in the "Unknown" section, thanks to Michael Royalton-Kisch for identifying this church. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. Link. The Multi-faith Room in the Motorway Services. Interior view. Both Janet Gimber (2017).
Liddington, All Saints. John Pope. Another view. Simon Edwards (2011). Link.
Little Hinton - see Hinton Parva, above.
Long Burton, St. James. Roger Jones.
Longbridge Deverill, St. Peter and St. Paul. Another view. A "gem of a building" says Roger. Consecrated by Thomas Becket in 1162, the church benefited from the generosity of the Thynne family of nearby Longleat House. Both Roger Hopkins (2010). Interior view, Simon Edwards (2011). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Luckington, Methodist Church. Janet Gimber (2012).
Lydiard Millicent, All Saints. Simon Edwards. Another view, and an interior view, both Simon Edwards (2011). Link. The church is Grade II* listed - link.
Lydiard Tregoze, St. Mary. Two further views -  1, 2, and an interior view, Simon Edwards (2011). Link.
Lyneham, St. Michael & All Angels, on Calne Road. Alex Parker. Link.

Malmesbury.
Market Lavington, St. Mary of the Assumption (interior). A postcard from Ray Harrington-Vail's Collection was previously in the Unknown section for several years. My appreciation to Phil Draper for identifying it, and supplying this link to one of his own photos as proof. Link. Grade I listed - link.
Marlborough.
Marston, the Methodist Church (1835) on Norney Road. It was previously Primitive Methodist. Janet Gimber (2017). Link.
Melksham, St. Michael and All Angels. ST 902 637. From an old postcard in Andrew Ross's Collection. A modern view, Chris Kippin (2017). Link. Grade II* listed.
Mere, St. Michael the Archangel. St. Mary (R.C.). U.R.C. All Bill Henderson.
Mildenhall, St. John the Baptist. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards (2011). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Minety, St. Leonard. Simon Edwards (2011). Another view, and an interior view, both Simon Edwards (2012). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Monkton Farleigh, St. Peter. Another view, two interior views - 1, 2, a window, and the cockerel weather-vane. ST 806 652. All Steve Bulman (2010).

Norton Bavant, All Saints. The tower (2 views) - 1, 2. Interior view. All Gene Hawkins. Link.
Nunton, St. Andrew. SU 159 260. Les Needham. Link. Grade II* listed.

Oaksey, All Saints. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards (2012).
Odstock, St. Mary. Another view. SU 151 261. Both Les Needham. Link. Grade II* listed.
Ogbourne St. George, St. George. Simon Edwards (2011). Link.
Old Dilton, St. Mary (K). Redundant, and now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, Janet was much impressed by this little church. Another view, and the interior. All Janet Gimber (2017). Link.
Orcheston, St. Mary. Previously in the "Unknown" section, Janet Gimber has identified this church from Reg Dosell's postcard collection. Link.

Pewsey, Cemetery Chapel. Ian Miller. St. John the Baptist (interior view). Simon Edwards (2011).
Potterne, St. Mary. Interior view. The church has two fonts - 1 (C15), 2 (Anglo-Saxon). Note the inscribed rim of the latter, which Janet advises is Psalm 42, verse 1, in Latin. Link1. Link2. Grade I listed. The former Methodist Church (1850) on Mill Road was built as Wesleyan. All Janet Gimber (2017).
Poulshot, St. Peter on Mill Lane. The interior. Grade II* listed. St. Paul on Poulshot Road. Built as a chapel-of-ease from St. Peter in 1897, it was in use as a church until 1929, whereupon it became the church hall. Occasional services are still held here. All Janet Gimber (2017).
Preshute, St. George. Interior view. Both Graeme Harvey. Another view, Simon Edwards (2011). Link.
Purton, St. Mary. Another view. Both Malcolm Rigg. Two further views - 1, 2, both Bill McKenzie (2010). Another two views - 1, 2, and an interior view, all Simon Edwards (2011).

Rodbourne, Holy Rood. ST 934 834. Chris Kippin (2017). Link. Grade II* listed.
Rodbourne Cheney
, Swindon - see Swindon.
Rowde, St. Matthew on High Street. Interior view. Link. Grade II* listed. The former Methodist Chapel was built as Wesleyan in 1838, and is now in residential use. It stands at the corner of Marsh Lane and Rowde Court Road. Another view. All Janet Gimber (2017).
Royal Wootton Bassett.

Salisbury.
Seend, Church of the Holy Cross. Mark Summers.
Semley, St. Leonard. Simon Edwards (2011). Grade II listed - link.
Sevenhampton, St. James. Ian Fleming is buried here. Both Simon Edwards.
Shalbourne, St. Michael and All Angels. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Sherston, Church of the Holy Cross, on Church Street. The altar. Link. Grade I listed. The Methodist Church on Grove Road was built as Primitive Methodist in 1851. Link. The new Congregational Church. The congregation has only recently moved here from their old chapel on Cliff Road (originally converted from a barn, and now undergoing conversion for residential use). They've moved into a room of the old British School, which the congregation of the chapel built in 1844. Link (not updated to reflect their recent move). The Baptist Chapel on Grove Road (originally Back Lane) was closed in the early 20th century, and was used for storage for many years, but was eventually demolished and a bungalow built on the site. This cottage on Gaston Lane is indicated on old maps as Zion Methodist Chapel. Can you provide any additional information? All Janet Gimber (2017).
Shrewton, St. Mary. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. Link.
South Marston, St. Mary Magdalene. Another view. Both Simon Edwards (2011). Link. Grade I listed.
Stanton Fitzwarren, St. Leonard. SU 1788 9012. Carole Sage (2003). The very fine chancel arch, and magnificent font, both Christopher Skottowe (1964). Link. Grade I listed.
Staverton, St. Paul. Another view, and the tower. The former Methodist Church, currently (2011) up for sale. Another view. All John Gimber (2011).
Steeple Ashton, St. Mary the Virgin (O) on Church Street. The church once (unsurprisingly) had a steeple - the tallest in the county apart from Salisbury Cathedral. Damaged by lightning in a storm in July 1670, repairs were almost complete when another storm in the October of the same year demolished the steeple, killing two workmen who were working on it at the time, and causing much damage to the church itself. It was decided that after twice being hit, it might be tempting providence to re-build it a third time. Interior view, and the font. All Simon Edwards (2011). Another view, and two of the interior - 1, 2. All Janet Gimber (2017). Link. Grade I listed. The Methodist Church on High Street and Bartletts Mead was built as Primitive Methodist in 1851. Janet Gimber (2017). Link. The former Baptist Chapel on the village green. Built as a house, it became a chapel in 1864, and was closed, and reverted to residential use, in 1940. Janet Gimber (2017). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held meetings in a house called Old Chessils on Dark Lane North. Several other properties in the area were also used for the same purpose. Janet Gimber (2017).
Stourton, St. Peter. ST 776 339. Bob Feltham. Another view. Kevin Gordon. Interior view. The font and a tomb. Both Roger Hopkins. According to Pevsner, the chancel was re-built in 1937. This old postcard (note incorrect caption), from Judy Flynn's Collection, shows the chancel as it was before then. Link.
Stratford Tony, St. Mary and St. Lawrence. SU 091 263. Les Needham. Link. Grade I listed.
Stratton St. Margaret, dedicated to St. Margaret. Two further views - 1, 2. SU 17953 87095. All Simon Edwards. Three additional views - 1, 2, 3, all
Carole Sage (2015). Link.
Sutton Veny, St. John the Evangelist. David Roberts. Interior view. Simon Edwards. Link.
Swindon.

Tisbury, St. John the Baptist, burial place of Rudyard Kipling's parents. ST 944 290. Church of the Sacred Heart (R.C.). ST 945 292. Methodist Church. ST 943 294. All Andrew Ross.
Trowbridge.

Upper Stratton, Swindon - see Swindon.

Wanborough, St. Andrew. Simon Edwards (2011). Grade I listed - link.
Warminster, St. Giles Garrison Church. Janet Gimber (2012). Link.
West Dean, St. Mary. Link. The Borbach Chantry (now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust) was originally part of the medieval parish church, and separated from it in 1868 (according to the Grade I listing). The rest of the church was subsequently demolished, and the current St. Mary built in its place. Link. Both Les Needham.
West Grimstead, St. John. SU 211 266. Link1. Link2. Grade II* listed. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1869; closed in 2012), and now in residential use. SU 209 268. Link. Both Les Needham.
West Lavington, All Saints. Elizabeth Nash. Link.
West Overton, St. Michael and All Angels. A fine sundial. Both Graeme Harvey. Link.
Westbury, All Saints, on Church Lane. Andrew Ross. Two additional views - 1, 2, the interior, and the East window and altar, all Janet Gimber (2017). Link. Grade I listed. St. Bernadette (R.C.), on West End, Janet Gimber (2017). Link. Methodist Church (1925) on Station Road, Janet Gimber (2017). Link. The former Wesleyan Methodist Church, on Bratton Road, Janet Gimber (2017). West End Baptist Church (1823), on West End. Janet Gimber (2017). The cemetery is on Bratton Road, and has two chapels, an Anglican, and a (probably) disused Non-Conformist. Both Janet Gimber (2017).
Westbury Leigh, Holy Saviour, now usually referred to a
s Westbury Church and Community Hall. Link. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Westbury Leigh. Both Janet Gimber (2017).
Whaddon, the Alderbury and Whaddon Holy Family Chapel (R.C.). It was formerly a Methodist Church (built as Primitive Methodist in 1884). It was sold to the Catholic Church in 1990, who have used it since. Another view. SU 196 263. Both Les Needham. Link.
Wilcot, Church of the Holy Cross. Ian Miller. Link.
Wilsford, St. Michael. Interior view. Buried here are members of the Tennant family (residents of the nearby Wilsford Manor), some of whom were the inspiration for characters in "Brideshead Revisited". A handsome memorial to Edward Tennant. All Roger Hopkins. Link.
Wilton, St. Mary & St. Nicholas. Mark Summers. An old postcard view (postcard franked 1904), Steve Bulman's Collection, and another from Reg Dosell's Collection.  Link. The ruins of the old church of St. Mary. Mark Summers.
Winterbourne Bassett, St. Katherine and St. Peter. Another view and the interior. Here lies Malcolm Rhondda Young, on whom more here. All Janet Gimber (2015). Link. Grade I listed.
Winterbourne Monkton, St. Mary Magdalene. Janet Gimber (2015). Grade II listing in which it says that this is a Butterfield re-build of 1877-9.
Wootton Bassett - see Royal Wootton Bassett.
Worton, Christ Church (1841, from a board in the church). Two interior views - 1, 2, the latter showing the boxed-in gallery. Link. Grade II listed. The former Wesleyan Methodist Church (1848) on High Street has an interesting history. At some point it became the Methodist Church, and it was closed at a so far unknown date prior to 1997, at which point it came back into use as St. Brihtwold (Anglican Catholic). It only had a short run, and closed again in 2002. All Janet Gimber (2017).
Wroughton, St. John the Baptist and St. Helen. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards (2012). Link. Methodist Church (1879). Simon Edwards.
Wylye, St. Mary the Virgin. SU 008 377. Bill Henderson. Link1. Link2. Grade II* listed.

Yatton Keynell, St. Margaret of Antioch. Another view. Both Chris Stafford (2014). Link. Grade I listed.

 

 
 

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