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St Mary, Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire

(51°22′37″N, 1°36′12″W)
Great Bedwyn
SU 277 643
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Allan Brodie
  • John Wand
28 August 1992

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Feature Sets

Great Bedwyn is a village on the River Dun about 13 miles W of Newbury. The church lies to the S of the village on the site formerly occupied by the Anglo-Saxon church. The building is a flint with limestone dressings structure erected from the 12thc consisting of a chancel (rebuilt in the late 13thc), an aisled nave (dating to the end of the 12thc), a S porch, a N vestry and a central tower. The clerestory was refenestrated in the 15thc, while the transepts and crossing date from the early 14thc. The W façade was built in 1843 and the church was heavily restored in 1853-5 by Thomas Henry Wyatt. Romanesque sculpture survives on the nave S and N arcades.


The Domesday Survey records that in 1066 and in 1086 'Beduinde' was held by Brictward the Priest, and a church is also mentioned. The revenues of the church were granted to Salisbury Cathedral in 1091 as part of a prebend along with St Michael, Little Bedwyn. The prebend of Bedwyn as a whole was valued at £50 in 1291.


Interior Features



The Buildings of England comments that the arcades capitals are "unfortunately atrociously over-restored".


N. a., The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, Gloucester 1965.

B. Ferrey and J. Wooldridge. 1840. Lambeth Palace Library ICBS 2754.

C. E. Ponting, 'Notes on Churches in the Neighbourhood of Marlborough', Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 28 (1894), 120-46.

Historic England listing 1365492.

J. Ward, 'Great Bedwyn', Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 6 (1860), 261-91.

J. Ward, 'Great Bedwyn, Tile Pavement in old Church', Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 7 (1862), 103-4.

J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings. Devizes Museum, vol. 8, pl. 49.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire, Harmondsworth 1975, 255-6.

A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 16, Kinwardstone Hundred, Victoria County History, London 1999, 8-49.