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St John the Baptist, Pewsey, Wiltshire

(51°20′13″N, 1°46′2″W)
SU 163 598
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
  • Allan Brodie
  • John Wand
7 November 1992

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The nave of the church has four-bay, pointed arcades of the end of the 12th or early 13thc. In the late 13th or early 14thc. the chancel was rebuilt and a south chapel was added to it in 1861 by G.E. Street. The tower is Perpendicular in style. The church was restored in 1889-90 by C.E. Ponting.


Pewsey church was standing in 1086, when it was held by Rainbold the priest: that it was then referred to as standing on the king's estate may suggest that it was built before 940. In the 13thc and until the earlier 15thc the church was served by both a rector and a vicar.


Interior Features






Pevsner says that the arcades are formed by being cut out of earlier lateral walls.


Anon. St John the Baptist Church, Pewsey Private Press

Historic England listing 1035703

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd ed, 369.

C.E. Ponting. 1888. Wilts Archives D1/61/34/7 and Lambeth Palace Library ICBS 9242

C. Underhill. St John the Baptist Church Pewsey Private Press 2014

ictoria County History, A History of the County of Wiltshire: Vol 16, Kinwardstone Hundred, V London 1999, 181-207.

G. Warwick. 1824. Lambeth Palace Library ICBS 592