St James' Church, Draycot Cerne, Wiltshire

Address: Draycot Cerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 5LG
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Please contact the keyholder in advance of your visit on 01249 750649
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A handsome parkland church

This small, handsome parkland church is set in parkland above a river. The tower is 17th-century and the church was altered and restored in the 19th-century.

Inside are a Gothick pulpit and box pews, sumptuously coloured Victorian glass and a series of monuments which includes a 13th-century knight’s effigy, a handsome Perpendicular tomb chest and a fine bust by Joseph Wilton to Sir Robert Long.

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Road directions

4 miles north of Chippenham and 2 miles south east of Exit 17 of M4, off B4069

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Chippenham (3.2 miles)

OS Reference No.

ST 935 786

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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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Comments

  1. Malcolm Parker (18 Jul 2011, 16:37)

    Overshadowed by a magnificent Beech tree just outside, this church is quite unusual in that the nave is lower than the chancel. We had an entertaining guided tour provided by the keyholder who pointed out several small but important details we might otherwise have overlooked.

  2. Mike Searle (28 Feb 2012, 16:59)

    The keyholder is an absolute delight, his enthusiasm for the church complete with anecdotes on the connected families on what turned out to be a conducted tour - made the day.

  3. Edward Buchan (14 May 2012, 13:36)

    On Saturday afternoon, 12th May, a group of 25 members of the Friends of Wiltshire Churches visited St James's. It is a delightful church, beautifully looked after. Our thanks to Reuben Couzens and the owner of Draycot Park for making it possible.

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Community information for St James' Church, Draycot Cerne

 

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.

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St James' Church, Draycot Cerne, 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

Vehicle access into the park and entry across a grassy churchyard.

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.