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Holy Cross, Ramsbury, Wiltshire

(51°26′33″N, 1°36′25″W)
SU 274 716
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Wiltshire
now Wiltshire
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
  • Allan Brodie
13 August 1992

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Feature Sets

Although the church has a good collection of Anglo-Saxon sculpture and some Norman fragments, none of the fabric appears to date from before the 13thc, which is essentially an E.E. chancel with many Perpendicular additions.


Fragments of Anglo-Saxon cross shafts survive at the church and by the early 10thc. a bishopric was established there, implying a substantial church. Bishops continued to be based at Ramsbury until 1058 when the See was united with Sherborne. After 1066 Ramsbury Church passed to the canons of Salisbury.


Loose Sculpture


The church was restored in 1891.


Church guidebook.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth 1975, 2nd edition, 377-9.

H.M. Taylor and J. Taylor, Anglo-Saxon Architecture, Cambridge 1980.

A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 12, Ramsbury and Selkley Hundreds; the Borough of Marlborough, Victoria County History, London, 1983, 12-61, esp. 42-5.