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All Saints, Marden, Wiltshire

(51°19′9″N, 1°52′40″W)
SU 086 578
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Old Sarum
now Salisbury
  • Allan Brodie
  • Allan Brodie
  • Robin Downes
23 May 1991, 5 March 2005

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Marden is a small village about 6 miles SE of Devizes; the church lies to the NW of the village and is built of sarsen rubble with freestone dressings. The building consists of a chancel (enlarged in the 14thc and repaired in 1556), nave, S porch and Perpendicular W tower added in the 15thc. The S doorway and the chancel arch indicate that the body of the church dates from the second half of the 12thc.


The Domesday Book records that Wynsi held the manor in 1066, which passed to Walter of Rivers and Hugh son of Baldric in 1086; it valued £10. Before 1205 the ownership passed to Robert de Bonezboz. William de la Ferté held the manor in 1205, which passed to Ralph Gernon from 1216. The church was first mentioned in 1205, when the king granted it to John de Wells. Marden was held as of the honour of Leicester by Margaret, countess of Winchester. In 1229 the church was granted to the Basset family and became a possession of Bradenstoke Priory (Wiltshire).


Exterior Features


Interior Features



The church was restored in 1885 by Charles Edwin Ponting.


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

DCMS Listing Description.

J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings. Devizes Museum, vol. VIII, pl. 72.

Victoria County History: Wiltshire, vol. X, 119-25.