St Giles, Great Wishford, Wiltshire

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The church has a chancel dating from the 13thc. and a 15thc. tower. However, its appearance is predominantly the result of a major restoration in 1863-4 by T.H. Wyatt. The font bowl dates from the 12thc.


The lord of Great and Little Wishford at the time of the Domesday Book was Wilton Abbey, and in 1086 it was valued at £4. The church was first recorded in 1207, when it was served by a rector. 





The font bowl dates from the 12thc. and stands on a 19thc. shaft and a simple base. It is decorated with a series of panels separated by 0.05 m wide shafts with simple bases and scallop capitals 0.09 m wide and 0.10 m high. Between the shafts each panel has two lines of chevron flanking a recessed line of diamonds. 

Diameter of bowl 0.72 m
Height of bowl 0.42 m


The Buildings of England largely dissmisses the church as a Victorian rebuild except for the lower part of the tower and chancel.


  •  A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 15, Amesbury Hundred, Branch and Dole Hundred, Victoria County History, London 1995, 284-94, esp. 303-4.

  • N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 593-94.


Site Location
Great Wishford
National Grid Reference
SU 081 355 
now: Wiltshire
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Wiltshire
medieval: St Giles
now: St Giles
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Allan Brodie 
Visit Date
28 September 1995