St Mary's Church, South Tidworth, Wiltshire

Address: Shipton Road, South Tidworth, Tidworth, Wiltshire, SP9 7ST
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Open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm via the north door
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An extravagently rich interior

Standing south of the garrison town of Tidworth, this fine steepled edifice surrounded by trees was designed in 1878 by John Johnson, the architect of London’s Alexandra Palace.

However the quality of the exterior, considerable though it is, hardly prepares one for the magnificence of the interior, which is sumptuously decorated with exotic marbles, rich carving and Italian mosaics creating a great sense of vitality and extravagance.

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Road directions

13 miles north east of Salisbury 1 mile south of Tidworth, on A338

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Grateley (4.5 miles)

OS Reference No.

SU 235 477

What’s on & news

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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. Tony Smith (17 Feb 2013, 21:52)

    A Magnificent building with a stunning interior particularly poignant memories for myself of a 50's childhood and visits with my Aunt & Uncle.

  2. Linda Berkery (09 Apr 2013, 06:52)

    Have lovely memories of visit with my mother in 2004. My parents were married in the church in 1950 with a Rev McNutt officiating. My grandparents lived in part of Tedworth House as my grandfather, Bill Woodford, was groundsman there from WWII to early 1960s

  3. Jack Barlow (12 Jun 2013, 12:06)

    This is my favourite church, I frequently visit and love reading the guest book to see who else visits. Sometimes I sit, sometimes I sing, sometimes I read, sometimes I litter pick or dust but always I give thanks. I am so grateful that CCT are looking after this beautiful church and keeping it open for us.

  4. Tony Lyons (26 Mar 2014, 11:57)

    I am researching those from both Tidworth South and Tidworth North who died in WWI. I have not been inside St Mary's but I wonder if it contains any sort of memorial tablet or placque to the WWI dead please.

    Thank you

  5. Jane Heslop (04 Jun 2014, 19:14)

    Have lived in Tidworth all my life . As a child I went to the Church of England school at the bottom of Station Rd and we would attend services at this lovely church on religious occasions. I remember walking in pairs along the road from the school. Strangely I don't remember being in the church!
    I visited the church last Sunday on a walk and was amazed to find it open and even more amazed at how beautiful it was inside. I will definitely visit again. The drive leading up through the woods is enchanting. My future daughter-in-law would love to get married here does anyone know how I can find out about this?

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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 St Mary's Church, South Tidworth

 

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

Text code 'OCCT05' to 70070 to donate now (free from all networks).

Or use the button below to donate online.

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St Mary's Church, South Tidworth, 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.