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All Saints, Norton, Wiltshire

(51°33′26″N, 2°10′7″W)
ST 884 843
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Salisbury
now Bristol
  • Allan Brodie
  • John Wand
12 October 1991

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Norton has its origins in the late 12th or early 13thc but it was rebuilt in the 15thc It was restored in 1854, through the patronage of Joseph Neeld of Grittleton House. The font is the only 12thc sculpture at the church.


Malmesbury abbey had a chapel at Norton in 1151. In 1222 the abbey was licensed to appropriate it on condition that a vicarage was ordained, but it is not clear that this ever occurred. The vicarage of 1283 referred to in the VCH is almost certainly the vicarage of Norton in Durham diocese. It is thus possible that there remained an individual rector at Malmesbury's Norton with a portion of low and untaxable value.





This type of font is found at seven sites spread throughout the county and apparently at a broad range of dates. In its earlier guise this type had simple scallops but by the end of the 12thc trumpet scallops were preferred.


Anon. Manuscript Notes Wilts Archives 1655/10

J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings. Devizes Museum, Vol. 8., pl. 25.

Denton, J. et al. Taxatio. Published by HRI Online, Sheffield 2014, http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/taxatio/benkey?benkey=SA.WI.MM.16

Historic England listing 1023214

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 360.

Victoria County History, A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 14, Malmesbury Hundred, London, 1991.