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St Peter, Everleigh, Wiltshire

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Description

The medieval church dedicated to St. Peter stood south-east of the manor-house. It had a squat tower and aisled nave with south porch, both built of chalk and flint. The small chancel was of worked flint and stone, finished with an elaborately carved parapet said to be ornamented with the arms of the see of Winchester. In 1811 the old church was described as a miserable heap of rubbish held together inside by iron clamps and outside by brick buttresses and was considered by the Astleys to be inconveniently close to their home. The current building was built in 1813 by John Morlidge about 800 m NW of the original site, and the old church demolished. The only Romanesque feature in the building is the 12thc. font. 

History

Everleigh is not named in Domesday but it may have been among the lands granted to Robert de Beaumont (d. 1118), said to have been created earl of Leicester, who accompanied the Conqueror to England. A vicarage seems to have been ordained by 1291, when the church is valued at £15. 6s. 8d. in the Taxatio. A vicar is mentioned again in 1428, but no further reference to it has been found. At least since the 14thc., when records of presentations begin, the living has always been a rectory.

Features

Furnishings

Fonts

Font

The bowl of one of the two fonts in the church is 12thc., but the shaft and base is modern. The bottom edge of the bowl is decorated with a row of scallops 0.09m high with small inverted V-shapes between them.

Dimensions
Depth of bowl 0.25 m
Width of bowl 0.55 m

Comments/Opinions

Pevsner compares the scallops on the underside to other Wiltshire fonts at Etchilhampton, Fifield Bavant, Longbridge Dervill, Nettleton, Norton, Sutton Benger and Tockenham.

Bibliography

  • N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 242.

  • A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 7.┬áVictoria County History, London 1953, 82-6, esp. 84-5.

Location

Site Location
Everleigh
National Grid Reference
SU 198 542 
Boundaries
now: Wiltshire
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Wiltshire
Diocese
medieval: Salisbury
now: Salisbury
Dedication
medieval: St Peter
now: St Peter
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Allan Brodie 
Visit Date
25 Apr 1995