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St Mary, Upavon, St Mary, Wiltshire

(51°17′41″N, 1°48′27″W)
Upavon, St Mary
SU 135 551
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Old Sarum
now Salisbury
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Allan Brodie
23 May 1991

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The church has a late Norman chancel, a nave, and a W tower, added c1300. The chancel arch dates from the late 12th century and some of the windows in the E and N walls may be 12th century in date, though very restored. The building contains an octagonal, elaborately carved late 12th-century font.


In 1086 the church of Upavon belonged to the abbey of Saint-Wandrille in the Seine valley near Caudebec-en-Caux. 2.5 hides of land belonged to the church. Upavon was valued at £10.15s.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches






The ruined church was repaired in the 15th century. The chancel was restored by TH Wyatt in 1875, the nave by JP Seddon in the same year.

The carving of the font, although ambitious in iconography, is not carved with great skill.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 289.

J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings. Devizes Museum, Volume VIII, plate 46.

DCMS Listing Description.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 541-2.

Caroline and Frank Thorn (ed.), Domesday Book, Phillimore Chichester 1979, 65b, 23g.

Victoria County History of Wiltshire, Volume X, 159-73, esp. 170.