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St John the Baptist, Colerne, Wiltshire

(51°26′22″N, 2°15′37″W)
ST 820 712
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Old Sarum
now Bristol
  • Allan Brodie
05 June 2004

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Feature Sets

Colerne church has nave arcades that date from around 1200 (south) and the early 13th century (north). The chancel dates from the 13th century but was altered in the 19th century. The west tower dates from the 15th century. The church was restored in c.1854 and 1877 by Wilson, Willcox and Wilson of Bath. The only Romanesque sculpture is a c.1200 figure of a saint in a niche, set into the north wall of the nave.


In 1086, Humphrey de L'Isle held Colerne. Before the Conquest it had been in the hands of Leofnoth, under whom it had paid geld for 10 hides. Its worth remained unchanged at £10.


Interior Features



Interior Decoration


Frances Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England’s Patron Saints, Volume 3, London 1899, 92.

DCMS Listing Description.

Nikolaus Pevsner & Bridget Cherry, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 185-86.