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Church of Holy Trinity, Fonthill Gifford

Description: Church of Holy Trinity

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 6 July 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 320889

OS Grid Reference: ST9297131248
OS Grid Coordinates: 392971, 131248
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0805, -2.1017

Locality: Fonthill Gifford
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SP3 6QJ

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Listing Text

ST 93 SW (west side)

1/100 Church of Holy Trinity


Anglican parish church. 1866, by T.H. Wyatt for Marquess of
Westminster. Limestone ashlar, tiled roof with fishscale bands and
ceramic cresting. Plan; nave, north and south chapels, chancel
with south east tower and north vestry. Early C13 style. Pointed
south doorway to nave has gabled hood on marble shafts with
foliated capitals, 2-light plate tracery window to right. South
chapel has lancet to west side, two lancets and multifoil with
nailhead-decorated surround over. Three-stage tower to right has
fine south doorway in pointed archway with enriched nailhead
ornament and crocketed aedicule on pink marble shafts, tower has
angle buttresses, string courses, pair of lancets to second stage,
bellstage has large 2-light plate tracery window with attached
shafts and louvres to all sides, Lombardic frieze to eaves of
octagonal spire with corner pinnacles and gableted shuttered
windows, cylindrical stair turret to east side with conical roof.
Apsed chancel has four buttresses carried up to pinnacles between
five cusped lancets with hoodmoulds, corbelled eaves. Vestry on
north side has pitched roof, 2-light window and shouldered doorway,
ashlar stack with offsets. North chapel has two lancets and
multifoil over with detail as south chapel. North side of nave has
two 2-light plate tracery windows. West end has angle buttresses,
two lancets with central buttress and large roll-moulded circular
window with quatrefoils over.
Interior: Nave has 6-bay roof with arch-braced collars on foliated
corbels. North and south chapels have 2-bay arcades with pointed
arches on pink marble pier and responds with leaf capitals,
scissor-rafter roofs, pointed doorway with attached shafts to
vestry from north chapel. Pointed chancel arch with attached
marble shafts with foliated capitals and foliage carving to arch,
chancel has fine quadripartite rib-vaulted roof of 3 bays with
apsidal east end, polychrome tiled floor, possibly by Minton, east
windows all with attached shafts to hoodmoulds and stained glass in
memory of William Radcliffe died 1885. Wrought-iron and wooden
communion rail, original pews and choir stalls and oil lamps on
nave walls. Stone and marble font on five short columns in south
chapel. Pink and grey marble pulpit has relief-carved heads of the
four Apostles. Stone plaque on vestry wall has inscription; 18
MAY 1748 / WILL. BECKFORD / ESQR. FOUNDER, recording the building
of a C18 church on this site by Alderman William Beckford,
demolished 1860s. Fine folage carving by a Mr. Sansom. One of the
best examples of Victorian estate churches in Wiltshire.
(N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Wiltshire, 1975; The
Builder, 23rd June 1866)

Listing NGR: ST9297131248

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Source: English Heritage

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