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St Swithun, Little Hinton, Wiltshire

(51°32′56″N, 1°40′0″W)
Little Hinton
SU 232 834
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Salisbury
now Bristol
  • Allan Brodie
05 March 2005

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The proportion of the nave suggests that the nave may be Anglo-Saxon in date. The N arcade dates from the early or mid 12thc. while the S arcade of the late 12thc. was designed to follow its overall design but with more modern detailing. The font, with its lively naïve carving, also dates from the 12thc. In the first half of the 13thc. the chancel arch was built and in the 15thc. the nave was raised in height by the addition of the clerestory.


The settlement is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. In 1172 the bishop of Winchester confirmed St. Swithun's Priory as patron of Hinton church, but the Bishop was regained the advowson by 1244.


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N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd ed, 300-301.

J. Buckler, Unpublished album of drawings, Devizes Museum, vol. VIII, pls 28, 58, 64.

A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 11, Downton Hundred; Elstub and Everleigh Hundred, Victoria County History, London 1980, 159-165.