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St George, Preshute, Wiltshire

(51°24′54″N, 1°44′33″W)
SU 180 685
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
medieval St George
now St George
  • Allan Brodie
13 August 1992

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The church has a Perpendicular west tower but the rest of the exterior dates from the restoration and reconstruction in 1854 by T.H. Wyatt. The church guidebook suggests that the whole church, except the tower was demolished and rebuilt. However, as Pevsner suggests, the details of the nave arcade, and a number of fragments survived from the 12thc.


The church was referred to in Domesday Book and in 1091 the advowson was probably given by William Beaufay, bishop of East Anglia to the chapter of old Sarum. Its revenues were used with the rest of the Bishop's gifts to endow the prebend of Blewbury and Marlborough. The prebend was dissolved between 1142 and 1184 by Jocelin de Bohun, bishop of Salisbury, who used its endowments to augment the common fund of Salisbury chapter. By the early 13thc., however, it had been reconstituted and its original endowments restored. In 1322 this church became appropriated to the warden of the choristers of Salisbury cathedral, and a vicarage was then ordained.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches



Loose Sculpture


Some proof of the S arcade's antiquity is provided by Buckler who illustrated it in the early 19thc.


J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings. Devizes Museum, Vol. 8, pl. 54.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 373-4.

A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 12, Ramsbury and Selkley Hundreds; the Borough of Marlborough, Victoria County History, London, 1983, 160-84, esp. 180-3.