Sherrington, St Cosmas & St Damian Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Jacobean wall text paintings
There was almost certainly a Saxon church here, and after the Norman Conquest the estate was granted to the Giffard family. Just northwest of the church are the remains of the Giffard's motte, or castle mound, though no trace of any fortification atop the motte remains.
Entering the chancel the two westernmost windows hae lovely 14th century glass, gathered here from around the church. You can make out a figure of St John the Evangelist among the fragments. Elsewhere are 5 panels of medieval glass brought from the European continent. One roundel behind the altar shows St Rosalie of Palermo, with an inscription describing her as 'Patroness against the Plague', a reminder of how big a role the deadly plague played in medieval life.
Among the historic monuments in the chancel is a grave slab, obscured by the altar table, to William Hobbs, who died in 1670. There is a royal coat of arms to Queen Anne, and a 17th century needlework cross of Spanish workmanship.
Over the south porch is an heraldic shield to Thomas Lambert of Boyton, who owned the estate from 1608.
Sherrington is such a pretty village, and the church of SS Cosmas and Damian does not disappoint. There is so much history here, and so much to enjoy. An absolute delight.
Address: Church Lane, Sherrington, Wiltshire, England, BA12 0SN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Sherrington is off the minor road between Boyton and Stockton, on the south bank of the River Wylye. Limited parking along the verge. Usually open dayligt hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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