All Saints' Church, Alton Priors, Wiltshire

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Alton Priors, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SN8 4LB
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Open daily.
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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 nineteenth century.

The church still contains Jacobean choir stalls, unusually tall communion rails and a 1590 tomb. A mysterious trapdoor conceals a buried Sarsen stone (a sandstone block).

All Saints' suffered a tragic lead theft in 2015 and we are raising money to repair the damage. Please click here to find out more and support our appeal. 

 

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