Little Bedwyn, St Michael's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
It is in the nave that you will find most of the historic interest for the column capitals have been beautifully carved, each to a relatively unique design. Here you will see traditional Romanesque designs, including fanciful ball-flower decoration and scalloped fluting. The most interesting capital has several amusing heads projecting outwards, including one of a poor chap with a grotesque set of buck-teeth.
On the west wall, near the door, is an original medieval iron cross that once adorned the steeple. Putting an iron cross on the highest point of a building proved to be an unwise move, as it was inevitably struck by lightning. Luckily the cross was not badly damaged but it has been moved inside the church for safety's sake.
St Michael's is a quiet place, a simple country church in a beautiful location. A few miles down the road is Great Bedwyn, where the church of St Mary's is one of the finest parish churches in Wiltshire.
Main historic interest:
- Carved column capitals
- medieval steeple cross
About Little Bedwyn, St Michael's Church
Address: Church Street, Little Bedwyn, Wiltshire, England, SN8 3JQ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the end of Church Street. Parking along the lane. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Little Bedwyn, St Michael's Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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