St John the Baptist, Hannington, Wiltshire

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This is a small, aisleless church largely rebuilt in 1869-71 by Slater and Carpenter. However the 15thc. tower and two 12thc. doors were retained.


Hannington church was a vicarage by 1291, when it was assessed for tax at £19, 1s.4d.


Exterior Features


S doorway to nave

The inner door has chamfered jambs with an impost (0.12m high) decorated with a hollow chamfer and a line of beads. Strange chamfer stops, like small cushion capitals, terminate the top of the chamfer.

The arch is decorated with point-to-point chevron, while the soffit chevron is plainer and smaller than the pattern on the front face. In the area between the chevrons there are large beads. The order is 0.22m wide and 0.18m deep. Around it there is a 0.13m wide hoodmould decorated with dogtooth.

Height of opening 2.45 m
Height to top of impost 1.83 m
Width of opening 1.16 m

S doorway to porch

The outer door has a simple chamfer around it, interrupted by a narrow impost. A narrow hoodmould runs around the arch. Above there is a reset voussoir with three frontal-to-the-face chevrons.

Height of opening 2.60 m
Height to top of impost 1.88 m
Width of opening 1.38 m


The Buildings of England attributes the church to Slater & Carpenter, reusing many old parts, rather than a restoration of a medieval building.


  • N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 263.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SU 183 927 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Wiltshire
now: Swindon
medieval: Salisbury
now: Bristol
medieval: St John the Baptist
now: St John the Baptist
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Allan Brodie 
Visit Date
11 August 1995