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St James, Ludgershall, Wiltshire

(51°15′20″N, 1°37′28″W)
SU 263 508
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Old Sarum
now Salisbury
medieval St James
now St James
  • Allan Brodie
25 Apr 1995, 1 May 2004

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Feature Sets

Ludgershall is 16 miles NE of Salisbury and the church lies to the N of the village. The neighbouring castle had to be built before 1103 since King Henry I visited it, and the church of St James was erected in the following decades. The building consists of a chancel, a nave with N and S chapels, a S porch, and a W tower. The chancel was rebuilt in the early 13thc and transepts were added in the 14thc. The W tower fell down before 1662 and was rebuilt in 1675. The nave and W tower are Norman in date with a small Norman window and a blocked N door.


In 1066 the Domesday Survey records that Alward held the manor, which passed to Edward of Salisbury in 1086; it had a value of £6.5. The church was granted to Amesbury priory in 1228; it was united with Biddesden church in 1446.


Exterior Features



A watercolour made by John Buckler in 1805 (Devizes, Wiltshire Museum) depicts the church prior to the restoration carried out by John Loughborough Pearson in the 1870s.


J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings. Devizes Museum, vol. I, pl. 13.

Victoria County History: Wiltshire, vol. XV, 119-35, especially 130-2.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 314-5.