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St Mary, Chickerell, Dorset

(50°37′26″N, 2°30′16″W)
SY 644 806
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
  • Howard Austin Jones
19 July 2013

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Feature Sets

The 12thc church no longer survives. The present building consists of a 13thc chancel rebuilt and restored in 1865; a 13thc nave, a S porch rebuilt in 1722, a later N aisle and vestry.

The church contains a large Norman font.


The place is noted as ‘Chicerelle’ in the Domesday Book. Chickerell was held by Saewulf in 1066 and by Bolla, a king's thegn, in 1086. It was assessed at 3 hides and half a virgate. There is no mention of a church.





N aisle was added in 1834 (with three slender cast iron columns forming the arcade). Further restorations occurred in 1875 and 1896 when a vestry was added N of the chancel.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 85.

N. Pevsner, revised by J. Newman, The Buildings of England, Dorset, London 2002, 151.

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. II South-East (Part 1) (1970), 38-39.