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St Leonard, Stanton Fitzwarren, Wiltshire

(51°36′37″N, 1°44′39″W)
Stanton Fitzwarren
SU 178 902
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Old Sarum
now Bristol
  • Allan Brodie
5 Jun 2005

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The church has a substantially 12thc. nave, Perpendicular chancel, 17thc. N tower (added 1631), and 19thc. S porch. The nave was lengthened to the west in 1891 and the S porch was added at this time. Romanesque sculpture is found on the arch of the N doorway; on the 12thc. material incorporated into the 19thc. S doorway; on a pillar piscina, the font, and on a number of reset fragments. A plain round-headed window survives in the N wall of the nave. Two small mortars are also held in the church. The most accomplished carving in the church is the late 12thc. font, which has ten panels depicting eight Virtues triumphing over eight Vices, as well as a Cherubim and a depiction of Ecclesia triumphing over the Evil One. The church was restored in 1865 by J. Hugall, when the 12thc. apse was excavated.


The Domesday Survey records that before the Conquest, Lang held Stanton Fitzwarren. In 1086 it was held by Grimbald the Goldsmith, who was also tenant-in-chief.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Interior Decoration




Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


Pevsner notes that there is a similar font at Southrop, Gloucestershire and Zarnecki identified that the two may be the work of the same workshop.

Buckler illustrates the chancel arch.


C. and F. Thorn eds., Domesday Book: Wiltshire, Chichester, 1979. 67, 44.

J. Buckler, Churches, fittings and monuments; bridges, market and village crosses; market houses; monastic remains, mansions, smaller houses. Wiltshire, 1803-11. 8: plate 64.

N. Pevsner, B. Cherry. The Buildings of England: Wiltshire. 2nd ed. London 1975. 477.

G. Zarnecki, Later English Romanesque Sculpture 1140-1210. London, 1953. 43.