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St John the Baptist, Mildenhall, Wiltshire

(51°25′26″N, 1°41′57″W)
SU 210 695
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
  • Allan Brodie
13 August 1992

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The base of the west tower has openings that suggest that it dates from the 9th or 10thc. The upper parts of the tower are probably 12thc. and Perpendicular. The nave arcades date from the late 12thc. (south arcade) and c. 1200 (north arcade). The chancel arch probably dates from the early 13thc. New furnishings were added in 1815-6 and the church was restored in 1876.


The manor of Mildenhall was held of Glastonbury abbey by Hugolin before 1086 and by Edward, probably Edward of Salisbury, in that year. It apparently passed to Edward of Salisbury's son Walter (d. 1147) and Walter's son Patrick, first earl of Salisbury, and descended with the earldom to Margaret Longespee, for in 1275 Margaret's husband Henry de Lacy, earl of Lincoln, was lord of a knight's fee in Mildenhall in her right. There was a church at Mildenhall in the 12thc. In 1291 the rectory was valued at £ 13. 6s. 8d.


Exterior Features



Exterior Decoration

Corbel tables, corbels

Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches



Pevsner calls this the perfect example of a village church of many periods, preserved completely.


J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings. Devizes Museum, Vol. 8, pl. 48.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 348-49.

A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 12, Ramsbury and Selkley Hundreds; the Borough of Marlborough, Victoria County History, London, 1983, 125-38 esp. 136-7.