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St John the Baptist, Charlton, Wiltshire

(51°35′56″N, 2°3′43″W)
ST 958 889
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Old Sarum
now Bristol
  • Allan Brodie
9 September 1991

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Feature Sets

The nave of the church has 4 bays of early 13th-century N arcade with double chamfered round arches. It has circular piers with octagonal, chamfered imposts, and capitals decorated with trumpet scallops with stiff-leaf foliage. However, the tall form of the arcades suggests that a dramatic transformation took place in the 15th or 16th century. Buckler illustrated these arcades in the early 19th century (Vol. VIII, plate 59). In c1300 the west tower was added. The only 12th century fabric surviving is a font bowl.


The manor of Charlton was held at the time of the Domesday Survey by the Church of Malmesbury. There was land for 13 ploughs and a mill rendering 15s. The church was standing at Charlton in the late 12th century and in 1248 it was called a chapel, served by Malmesbury (VCH XIV, 48-50).





F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 81.

John Buckler, Album of drawings, Devizes Museum, Vol VIII, plate 26, plate 59.

DCMS Listing Description.

Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, Penguin 1985, 147-49.

Victoria County History of Wiltshire, Vol. XIV, 48-50.