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St James, Cherhill, Wiltshire

(51°25′57″N, 1°56′48″W)
SU 038 704
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Old Sarum
now Salisbury
medieval St James
now St James
  • Allan Brodie
20 July 1991

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Feature Sets

Cherhill lies 4 km E of Calne. The church is built of stone rubble and is partly rendered. It consists of a 12th-century chancel and nave, S aisle, S porch, 15th century W tower and N vestry. The only clear Romanesque feature is a blocked door in the north wall of the nave.


Cherhill was not included in the Domesday Survey. From the 12th until the mid-19th century the church of Cherhill was dependent on Calne church as a chapel (VCH XVII, 135-46). The earliest known reference to dedication to St. James is 1405 (VCH XVII, 145).


Exterior Features



A major restoration took place in 1863.


Anon., Church Guidebook.

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 83.

DCMS Listing Description.

Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, Penguin 1985, 149-50.

Victoria County History of Wiltshire, Vol. XVII, 135-46.