St George's Church, Orcheston

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St George's Church
Orcheston St George.jpg
LocationOrcheston, Wiltshire, England
Coordinates51°12′11″N 1°54′56″W / 51.20306°N 1.91556°W / 51.20306; -1.91556Coordinates: 51°12′11″N 1°54′56″W / 51.20306°N 1.91556°W / 51.20306; -1.91556
Built13th century
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: Church of St. George
Designated4 July 1985[1]
Reference no.319808
St George's Church, Orcheston is located in Wiltshire
St George's Church, Orcheston
Location of St George's Church in Wiltshire

St George's Church in Orcheston, Wiltshire, England, was built in the 13th century. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building,[1] and is now a redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] It was declared redundant on 1 March 1982, and was vested in the Trust on 30 October 1985.[3]

The church is built of flint and has a Norman north door.[2] The door has single columns which are headed by simple scallop shaped carvings with fan-shaped leaves in the scallops.[4] The short embattled west tower has a tiled pyramidal roof. It contains three bells which were cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough following fire damage to the bells which previously hung there.[5][6]

The windows in the nave and Early English chancel and low tower also date from the 13th century.[2] The tower is supported by diagonal buttresses.[1] Inside are the Royal Arms of 1636.[2] The font is of a style popular in the 15th century, however it was made in the 1833.[1] The funerary hatchment is also from the 1830s.[1]

The church was restored in 1833 by Thomas Henry Wyatt,[4][7] during which the roof of nave was raised.[1] In 1933 the parish of St George was combined with St Mary's, the other church in the village,[5] and, in 1991 became part of a united benefice of Tilshead, Orcheston and Chitterne.[6]

In 1988 the church was used as a location for the filming of the BBC television series First Born with Charles Dance ringing the church's bells.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Historic England, "Church of St George, Orcheston (1024021)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 10 November 2013
  2. ^ a b c d St George's Church, Orcheston, Wiltshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 1 April 2011
  3. ^ Diocese of Salisbury: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, p. 8, retrieved 1 April 2011
  4. ^ a b "St George, Orcheston St Mary". Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Church of St. George, Orcheston". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  6. ^ a b Baggs, A.P.; Freeman, Jane; Stevenson, Janet H. "Parishes: Orcheston St Mary In; A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 15, Amesbury Hundred, Branch and Dole Hundred". British History Online. Victoria County History. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Orby - Ormskirk". A Topographical Dictionary of England. British History Online. 1848. pp. 479–483. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  8. ^ "St George's Church, Orcheston". Salisbury Plain benefice. Retrieved 4 September 2016.