St Mary's Church, Old Dilton, Wiltshire

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Old Dilton, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4DB
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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.

Please click here for a free audio guided tour

St Mary's costs £4,706 a year to maintain. Please make a contribution towards it's upkeep. Text the code ODN to 70970 to donate £5 or 70191 to donate £10.

  • Access information

    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.

  • Facilities & Hire
    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.
  • Directions
    3 miles north of Warminster, off A350
  • Transport
    Nearest railway station: Dilton Marsh (1.6 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.

    Please click here for a free audio tour of the 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.

    Download a free copy of the church guidebook

     

  • Conservation and Regeneration

    St Mary's costs £4,706 a year to maintain and open to the public.      

    The church needs £28,000 spending urgently on the maintenance listed below.               

    • Wall painting repairs                                                                                       £20,000.00
       
    • Leaking roof in school room                                                                           £4,500.00
       
    • Fencing repairs                                                                                               £3,500.00

     

    It also has the following short term conservation repair liability: 
     

    Re roof both sides of valley (stone slates)                                                      £99,577.00     

     

    Please make a contribution towards it's upkeep. Text the code ODN to 70970 to donate £5 or 70191 to donate £10.

  • Community information

    All our Wiltshire churches are in our West region.

    Useful local links

    St Mary's is part of the White Horse Benefice. You can find out more about them and the other churches in the area by visiting: http://whtministry.org.uk/ 

    St Mary's costs £4,706 a year to maintain. Please make a contribution towards it's upkeep. Text the code ODN to 70970 to donate £5 or 70191 to donate £10.