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St Mary, Cricklade, Wiltshire

(51°38′34″N, 1°51′14″W)
SU 102 938
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Old Sarum
now Bristol
  • Allan Brodie
  • John Wand
01 May 2004; 02 June 2017

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This small church, located on the High Street in Cricklade, has Norman origins that include the chancel arch. The W tower dates from the 13thc. with Perpendicular upper stories.


This church is not mentioned in the Domesday Book, unlike its larger neighbour, St Sampson, which was held by St. Peter of Westminster. St Mary's may have begun as the daughter church of St Sampson.

"The town lies within a square earthwork enclosure close to the point where the Roman road from Silchester to Cirencester crossed the Thames." In the 11thc. timberwork around this enclosure was replaced by a wall of mortared masonry. (Pevsner, 1975, 201)


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches



Loose Sculpture


The church underwent extensive restorations in 1862-1863, 1908 and 1963-1964.


TR. Thomson and HM Taylor 'St Mary's Church, Cricklade, Part I' Wilts Arch and Nat Hist 60 (1965)75-84

TR. Thomson and HM Taylor. 'St Mary's Church, Cricklade, Part II' Wilts Arch and Nat Hist 61 1966 38-42

CE. Ponting.'Notes on the Churches visited by the Society in 1892' Wilts Arch Nat Hist 27 (1893) 15-40

Anon. Welcome to St Mary's Church, Cricklade Private Press

J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings, Devizes Museum, vol. VIII, plate 64.

Historic England listed building 1183154. https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1183154 accessed 14 April 2016.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England,Wiltshire, Harmondsworth, 1975 (repr. 1985), 200-201.

VCH. Wiltshire, vol. XVIII, 2011, 13-70.