Wylye, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Beautifully carved Jacobean pulpit
The finest interior features are the lovely 17th century pulpit, prayer desk, and lectern, which were donated by the Earl of Pembroke and came from Wilton Old Church. The pulpit, made in 1628, is a wonderful work of art, carved with intricate panels depicting angels, and a tree of life under a rounded arch. The prayer desk has a pair of carved panels which may have been the original doors of the pulpit.
Opposite the south porch is an ornate tomb inside railings. A fascinating story relates to the tomb, related by antiquarian Richard Colt Hoare of Stourhead House. According to the story, a 18th century local man by the name of Popjay was convicted of crimes and transported to Australia. When he eventually returned to Wylye it was in a fine carriage, and he was dressed with all the trappings of great wealth.
Address: Church Street, Wylye, Wiltshire, England, BA12 0QZ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Parking along the street. Usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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