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St Mary, Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire

(51°26′0″N, 1°32′38″W)
Chilton Foliat
SU 318 706
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Old Sarum
now Salisbury
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Allan Brodie
  • John Wand
26 July 1997

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Feature Sets

It is possible that a church was present on this spot in the 12thc. This is evidenced by the thick N wall of the nave and the use of reset 12thc fragments (VCH XVI, 104-6). The present 13thc and 14thc structure is built of flint and ashlar and consists of a chancel, a nave, S aisle and W tower. The tower of c1300 is decorated with Norman spolia: a square billet above the openings of the belfry, and possibly fragments of stringcourse serving as corbels above.


No church is mentioned in Domesday Book, which lists the manor as a possession of Miles Crispin, held of him by Reginald. It had 12 ploughs of land, and 2 mills rendering 40s. In early 13thc Richard Foliot granted the estate to St. Frideswide's priory, Oxford (VCH XVI, 95-96).


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


The church was restored in 1845.


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

DCMS Listing Description.

Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, Penguin 1985, 151-52.

Victoria County History of Wiltshire, Vol. XVI, 88-109.