All Saints' Church, Alton Priors, Wiltshire

Address: Alton Priors, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SN8 4LB
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Open daily from April to October; at other times keyholder nearby
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Mysterious trapdoors, buried Sarsen stones and ancient yew trees

The Perpendicular tower of this lovely Medieval church dominates surrounding fields. It stands just across the stream from St Mary’s at Alton Barnes, and the churchyard yew tree is said to be 1700 years old!

Inside it is lime-washed and barn-like, with big rustic roof trusses and open timbering. The chancel arch is all that remains of the church's Norman past.

The rest of the church dates from late-Medieval times, except for the body of the chancel which was rebuilt in the 19th-century. 

The church still contains Jacobean pews, unusually tall communion rails and a 1590 tomb.

A mysterious trapdoor conceals a buried Sarsen stone (a sandstone block).

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Road directions

8 miles west of Marlborough, off A345

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Pewsey (3.7 miles)

OS Reference No.

SU 109 622

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







PDF iconWiltshire County Guide (PDF, 4.8mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Wiltshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Leila Riley (22 May 2012, 14:42)

    My friend and I visited this lovely, peaceful church yesterday. What a wonderful place!
    I particularly enjoyed singing in there - old folk hymns "The Holly and the Ivy", "Gaudete", "Sound, sound your instruments of Joy" and "When I lay my Burden Down"
    It would be a super place to put on a concert - has this ever been done?
    Perhaps it could be a fund-raising opportunity?

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Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Community information for All Saints' Church, Alton Priors

 

All our Wiltshire churches are in CCT’s West region.

Useful local links 

Visit Wiltshire 

Wiltshire Web tourism website 

Family days out in Wiltshire 

Longleat Safari Park 

The Pump Room - Roman Baths 

The Jane Austen Centre 

Wiltshire Family History Society 

Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society 

A list of churches in Wiltshire 

Wiltshire is in the Diocese of Bristol and the Diocese of Salisbury

Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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All Saints' Church, Alton Priors, Wiltshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.