Church of St John the Baptist, Inglesham, Wiltshire

Address: Inglesham, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7RD
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An ancient painted wonder saved by William Morris

This exquisitely beautiful and fascinating 13th-century church stands on a gentle rise of land above waterside meadows near the Thames, only a stone's throw from the Thames, and just off the Ridgeway Path it is a frequent stopping point for walkers.

Pioneering Victorian designer William Morris – who lived at nearby Kelmscott – oversaw St John’s restoration in the 19th-century, ensuring it kept its original Medieval identity.

An amazing series of paintings, from the 13th- to the 19th- century, cover the walls often with one painted over another, in places seven layers thick. While it is not always easy to puzzle out the subjects, you can see 15th-century angels above the chancel arch, an early 14th-century doom on the east wall of the north aisle, and several 19th-century texts, as well as a 13th-century masonry pattern throughout the chancel.

There is an unusual and powerful Saxon stone carving of the Madonna and Child is set in the south wall.

The woodwork of the roofs, the 15th-century screens and the 17th- and 18th- century pulpit and box pews are all original to the church, and their arrangement is still much as it would have been in Oliver Cromwell’s time.

Nearby Lechlade has some lovely places to stop for lunch or a cup of tea.

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Road directions

1 mile south of Lechlade, off A361

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Swindon (8.9 miles)

OS Reference No.

SU 205 984

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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. Su Hoffman (01 Mar 2012, 10:53)

    What an amazing find, it's so wonderful to know that this church hasn't been lost.. It's like walking into a time capsule with such beautiful old box pews. Anyone with an interest in churches needs to see this.

  2. maureen.colledge (10 Jan 2013, 00:38)

    my husband John & i celebrate our golden wedding anniversary on saturday. We were married in st. johns on 12/1/1963 emigrated to Australia a couple years later.

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Church of St John the Baptist, Inglesham, 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.

Disabled access

There are steps up from road and one step into 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.