Heytesbury, St Peter & St Paul Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 15th century Hungerford Chapel stone screen
There are 2 memorial of interest; one is to David Williams, who founded the modern Sunday School movement. Williams served as vicar of Heytesbury from 1795-1836. The other memorial is to William Cuningham, an antiquarian, who lived in Heytesbury from 1775 until his death in 1810. Cunningham pioneered the scientific excavation of Wiltshire's prehistoric sites, and exhibited the finds he unearthed in the summerhouse of his residence in Heytesbury. His most famous finds were purchased by his collaborator, Richard Colt Hoare, on his death, and exhibited at Stourhead House, hence they were termed the Stourhead Collection.
In the north aisle of the chancel is a 1623 memorial to the Moore family. There is also a neoclassical wall monument to Richard Snelgrove (d. 1650).
St Peter and St Paul was open when we visited. At first glance I was staggered by the imposing central tower. The interiors were a typical example of Victorian restoration, done to a very high quality by William Butterfield. The font in particular was a beautiful piece of 19th century work. There are really 2 main historic features to mention.
One is the fragmentary remains of the Moore family in the north chancel aisle. The effigies are a striking reminder of 17th century values and style. Look for the small effigy of a child behind the two parents. The other historic feature is the stone screen fronting the Hungerford chapel. at first glance I assumed it was part of the Victorian restoration; the craftsmanship was so beautifully performed. The vaulting on both sides of the screen cornice is simply wonderful.
Address: High Street, Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England, BA12 0EF
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On High Street, just off the A36. Parking along nearby roads (we parked on Tytherington Road, just opposite Mill Street). The church is normally open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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