All Saints' Church, Leigh, Wiltshire
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A chancel in the wetlands
All Saints' Church is now just a chancel, the remains of a medieval church near the source of the Thames that was abandoned to its wetland surroundings in the nineteenth-century when the rest of the church was removed to a drier and more convenient site.
The arches, windows and other features date from the thirteenth and fifteenth-centuries and the east gable of the old nave was left to protect the chancel arch. There are seventeenth-century texts painted on the walls and framed in designs of clouds and scrolls.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A tiny 800-year-old church
Park in the Waterhey public car park just after the bridge across the Thames. Continue on foot back cross the bridge and take the first right. Continue approx 100m down this road and then follow sign marked "Chancel" down dirt track and through two cattlegates. Church is through fields on your right.
Access from road via dirt track through often waterlogged fields with cattle-gate and live stock. However with a suitable 4x4, vehicular access is possible to the chancel door, and the entrance has no steps.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
3 miles west of Cricklade, off B4040
Nearest railway stations: Kemble (5.9 miles)(Swindon (6.9 miles)
History & Further 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.Wiltshire County Guide
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.
Community information for All Saints' Church, Leigh
All our Wiltshire churches are in CCT's West region.
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