St Mary's Church, Old Dilton, Wiltshire
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Church with a curious spire near the White Horse
The fourteenth-century St Mary's lies down a pretty wooded lane near the river Biss, on one of the many walking paths to the Westbury White Horse.
This delightful little church is approached through a railway arch that opens out onto a simple churchyard, revealing an unusual church - squat yet pretty, with a tiny stone spire like an inverted ice cream cone.
Inside, little has changed since the eighteenth century and is crowded with plain, bleached box pews, some built on the original Medieval benches, a three-decker pulpit, family pews and two small galleries. The gallery north of the chancel was once used as a schoolroom and contains a fireplace.
Approached from a sharp bend in the lane with little parking available. Through gate and along uneven paved stones in churchyard to two south doors, one with a porch (SW corner). Access is via 2 steps down through wide south porch and very uneven nave flooring.
Further door by gate in NE corner is not connected to the nave but leads directly to wooden staircase to gallery above vestry.
Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
3 miles north of Warminster, off A350
Nearest railway station: Dilton Marsh (1.6 miles)
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.
Useful local links
- Visit Wiltshire website: http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/
- Wiltshire Family History Society: http://www.wiltshirefhs.co.uk
- Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society: http://www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk/society/
- Diocese of Salisbury: http://www.salisbury.anglican.org/