St Mary the Virgin parish church, Alton Barnes
Alton shown within Wiltshire
|Population||229 (2001 Census)|
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|EU Parliament||South West England|
|Website||Alton Barnes, Alton Priors and Honeystreet Village website|
Alton is a civil parish with an elected parish council. It is in the area of the Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for all significant local government functions, and is represented in the council by Paul Oatway, who succeeded Brigadier Robert Hall in 2013.
Each of the two villages has a Church of England parish church. The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Alton Barnes is partly Saxon, built in the 10th and 11th centuries. The nave has characteristic Anglo-Saxon features: typically tall, narrow proportions and (visible at the west end) long-and-short quoins. The south door was added in the 14th century. The original chancel was as wide as the nave, but it demolished and replaced with a brick one in 1748. There was a Saxon chancel arch but this was removed in 1832. There was a Victorian restoration in 1875 and a further restoration in 1904 directed by the local architect Charles Ponting. What survives is a Grade I listed building.
All Saints Church, Alton Priors was built in the 12th century and retains its original Norman chancel arch. The nave has two 14th-century ogee-headed windows, and the west window is 15th-century. As at Alton Priors, the original chancel has been demolished and replaced with one built of brick. There is also an unusual brass plaque to local landowner William Button, with a complex inscription. It has been speculated that the message on the plaque, and Sarsen stones may be connected with the nearby Milk Hill. All Saints is a redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. All Saints is a Grade II* listed building.
Alton Barnes White Horse
The figure is the third largest white horse in Wiltshire. The Pewsey White Horse can be seen from Milk Hill (the location of the horse). The figure is featured in Staying Out for the Summer (a music video for a song of the same name by Dodgy).
- "Area selected: Kennet (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
- Pevsner & Cherry 1975, p. 87
- "Church of St Mary". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 27 May 1964. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Church of All Saints". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 27 May 1964. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- Pevsner & Cherry 1975, p. 88
- "The mystery plaque of Alton priors". Crop circle wisdom. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
- "All Saints, Alton Priors". Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
Sources and further reading
- Crittall, Elizabeth (ed.); Baggs, A. P.; Crowley, D. A.; Pugh, Ralph B.; Tomlinson, Margaret (1975). "Alton Barnes". A History of the County of Wiltshire. Victoria County History. 10: Swanborough hundred; the borough of Devizes.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1975). Wiltshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 87–88. ISBN 0-14-0710.26-4 Check
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- "Search result for Alton". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 7 October 2004.
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of the Altons and surrounding area
- BBC webpage about the White Horse
- Information about the Roman coin hoard found at Alton Barnes on the Wiltshire Heritage Museum website
- Thames Valley Hang Gliding Club
- Alton in the Domesday Book
- Alton [Barnes] in the Domesday Book
- Alton [Priors] in the Domesday Book