Church of St John the Baptist, Inglesham, Wiltshire
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An ancient painted wonder saved by William Morris
This exquisitely beautiful and fascinating thirteenth-century church stands on a gentle rise of land above waterside meadows near the Thames, only a stone's throw from the Thames, and just off the Ridgeway Path it is a frequent stopping point for walkers.
Pioneering Victorian designer William Morris - who lived at nearby Kelmscott - oversaw St John's restoration in the nineteenth century, ensuring it kept its original medieval identity.
An amazing series of paintings, from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century, cover the walls often with one painted over another, in places seven layers thick. While it is not always easy to puzzle out the subjects, you can see fifteenth-century angels above the chancel arch, an early fourteenth-century doom on the east wall of the north aisle, and several nineteenth-century texts, as well as a thirteenth-century masonry pattern throughout the chancel.
There is an unusual and powerful Saxon stone carving of the Madonna and Child is set in the south wall. The woodwork of the roofs, the fifteenth-century screens and the seventeenth and eighteenth-century pulpit and box pews are all original to the church, and their arrangement is still much as it would have been in Oliver Cromwell's time.
Nearby Lechlade has some lovely places to stop for lunch or a cup of tea.
Gorgeous riverside church in an idyllic Cotswold setting
A chancel in the wetlands
A tiny 800-year-old church
From car park at end of the lane, the only access onto the raised churchyard is up 5 steps, then 2 steps down to the south porch, which has q very worn and uneven flagstone floor.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
1 mile south of Lechlade, off A361
Nearest railway station: Swindon (8.9 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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 we care for in Wiltshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
All our Wiltshire churches are in our West region.
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