St James' Church, Draycot Cerne, Wiltshire
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A handsome parkland church
This small, handsome parkland church is set in parkland above a river.
The tower is seventeenth century and the church was altered and restored in the nineteenth century. Inside are a Gothick pulpit and box pews, sumptuously coloured Victorian glass and a series of monuments which includes a thirteenth-century knight's effigy, a handsome Perpendicular tomb chest and a fine bust by Joseph Wilton to Sir Robert Long.
St James' church features in our Wiltshire Medieval Graffiti Tour on Google Earth.
A dramatic Victorian confection
A church that time forgot
A church for the parish poor
Through high metal gates, along estate drive to rising grass churchyard leading to the south porch with level access.
Disabled access information
Access up a slope from estate road to level porch. Shallow step to wide door in south porch.
Facilities & Hire
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.
4 miles north of Chippenham and 2 miles south east of Exit 17 of M4, off B4069
Nearest railway station: Chippenham (3.2 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.
St James' church features in our Wiltshire Medieval Graffiti Tour on Google Earth.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.Download a copy of the church guidebook
Draycot Cerne Church Plan May 2023.pdf
Click here to download a copy of the Church Plan which sets out the shared vision for the future of the church. This is a working document that will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any feedback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!
All our Wiltshire churches are in CCT's West region.
Useful local links
http://www.wiltshire-web.co.uk/index.aspWiltshire Web tourism website
http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/search.php?county=wiltshireFamily days out in Wiltshire
http://www.longleat.co.uk/Longleat Safari Park
http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/The Pump Room - Roman Baths
http://www.janeausten.co.uk/The Jane Austen Centre
http://www.wiltshirefhs.co.uk/Wiltshire Family History Society
http://www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk/society/Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society
http://www.achurchnearyou.com/result.php?query=&c=Wiltshire&c2=&search=Search&d=%25A list of churches in Wiltshire
Wiltshire is in the http://www.bristol.anglican.org/Diocese of Bristol and the http://www.salisbury.anglican.org/Diocese of Salisbury