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St Andrew, Great Durnford, Wiltshire

(51°8′37″N, 1°48′25″W)
Great Durnford
SU 136 383
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Allan Brodie
28 September 1995

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The nave and chancel, including the chancel arch, both date from the 12thc. and both the north and south doors of the nave are of this era. The font also dates from the 12thc.


The estate in Durnford was held by William of Eu in 1086, whose lands were confiscated 1093. The church was endowed by Isabel de Tosny, widow of Walter son of Richard, and granted by her to Salisbury Cathedral before 1158, when it was confirmed by Henry II.

The church had become a prebend of Salisbury probably by c. 1150, and certainly by 1220. A vicarage was ordained by c. 1281.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




The so-called "ravioli" motifs in the S door do not appear to have been reused stones and seem to be contemporary with nearby Old Sarum, i.e. c. 1125-40. It may be significant the church was held as a prebend by one of the Cathedral canons.


J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings. Devizes Museum, Vol. 8, pl. 74.

A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 15, Amesbury Hundred, Branch and Dole Hundred. Victoria County History, London 1995, 79-93, esp 91-3.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 266-67.

D. E. Greenway (ed.), Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 4, Salisbury, London, 1991, 65-66.