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St Mary, Upton Scudamore, Wiltshire

(51°13′41″N, 2°11′40″W)
Upton Scudamore
ST 865 477
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Old Sarum
now Salisbury
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Allan Brodie
8 May 1993

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The church, located in the S of the village, consists of a nave, chancel, N porch, a small chapel of 2 bays and a W tower. The long and short quoins in the N wall survive from the Anglo-Saxon church which stood on this site and probably consisted of a nave and chancel. The font dates from the 12th century and the N door probably from the late 12th century.


Before the Conquest part of Upton Scudamore was held by Tous. The Domesday Survey records the tenancies of Rainbald, Ralph and Andfrid. The Survey notes the absence of tax payments for half a hide in the area. No church is mentioned.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration



Loose Sculpture


The chancel dates from the 13th century and the N chapel was built in the early 14th. In 1750 the W tower was rebuilt and much of the rest of the church was rebuilt in 1855 by GE Street.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 290.

J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings. Devizes Museum, Volume VIII.

DCMS Listing Description.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 543-4.