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St Peter, Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire

(51°23′7″N, 2°16′48″W)
Monkton Farleigh
ST 806 652
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Allan Brodie

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Feature Sets

The church was substantially rebuilt in 1844 by T.H. Wyatt but incorporates elements from the earlier church. A doorway in the north wall of the nave has 12thc. detailing and an inserted 15thc. opening. The porch is also Perpendicular. The west tower dates from the 13thc.


The manor probably belonged in 1001 to Alfgar. At the time of Domesday Book it was held by Brictric, and of him by his brother. Like other manors of Brictric, Farleigh passed to the Bohun family. Humphrey de Bohun II (d. 1131) evidently held it about 1120 when he announced in a charter his intention of bestowing the church of Farleigh upon the monks of a priory to be established there. The advowson of the rectory was annexed to the manor and was held by the priory of Farleigh, who appropriated the rectory. The apparent absence of presentations to this church suggests that it was served by a stipendiary appointed directly by the priory. In the 1291 Taxatio the rectory was valued at £5.


Exterior Features



J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings. Devizes Museum, Vol. 8, pl. 69.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 352.

A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 14, Bradford, Melksham, and Potterne and Cannings hundreds, Victoria County History, London, 1953, 66-9, esp. 68.