All Saints Church, Chitterne All Saints

Recent Photograph of All Saints Church (Chitterne All Saints)

At a quick glance All Saints looks medieval. However you quickly spot how wrong it looks because it is a Victorian building on a new site, replacing two medieval churches at either end of the village, St Mary's to the west, and All Saints to the east. Wrong are the west doorway into the tower and no porch, wrong the regular appearance of walls and stonework (flint and rubble chequer pattern), and very wrong the churchyard, a grassed garden without a single tombstone. The architect was T H Wyatt, the Salisbury diocesan architect, who brutally restored many Wiltshire churches, and designed a few exceptional churches and many very ordinary dull churches. All Saints is somewhere in between, supposed to fool, large and spacious but not quite first rate.

(Information provided by Phil Draper)

Image contributed by Phil Draper on 3rd April 2006.
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