Sutton Veny, St Leonards Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Among the oldest memorials is an inscription to Margaret Bayly, the wife of a rector, who died in 1693. Nearby s a small heart-shaped tablet to 'Anthony Long, gentleman', who died in 1676. On the south wall is a memorial to George Martin (d. 1815), who served as a Colonel with the East India Company and died at Bellary, in the East Indies.
Outside, the walls of the old church are crumblng away, though they still stand to a good height in places. The church is first mentioned in 1240, though it seems that it must have existed for some time before this.
The church is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, and when we visited there was a sign on the chancel door with a map of local keyholders. The nearest keyholder was at the house nearest the church, with a large lion-shaped knocker. It took several attempts but eventually we knocked loudly enough to raise the keyholder.
The interior is small, and of interest mainly for the large number of memorials on the walls. A large amount of the interior space is occupied with a large parish bier. An information plaque tells that the bier was used to carry the dead to St John the Baptist church, which replaced St Leonards in 1868. The bier was made by the Barter brothers, who lived on Duck Street and combined the trades of wheelwright, blacksmith, and undertaker. The forge they used still stands, and is in good condition. The bier was usually kept here, in the chancel of St Leonards, after the chancel became a mortuary. The bier was made in the 1890s and remained in use until 1968.
But in this case the ruined parts of the church are just as interesting as the interior, especially the exposed vaulting of the crossing. It was fascinating to see the interconnected series of vaults that once supported the tower structure.
The location is wonderful; in an idyllic little village, looking out over farm fields, at the western end of the picturesque Wylye Valley.
About Sutton Veny, St Leonards Church
Address: Duck Street, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England, BA12 7AL
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Website: Sutton Veny, St Leonards Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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