St Mary’s Church in Maddington
A beautiful church, set in a shady churchyard, with the chequer board walls of flint and stone that is emblematic of so many buildings on Salisbury Plain.
St Mary’s churchyard lies just to the west of the church.
A few fragments remain of the Norman church, which is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.
The Trust site says of St Mary’s:
‘A beautiful church with chequerboard walls Set in a shady churchyard, this lovely church lies at the top of a long footpath. It has a low west tower, a long nave, chancel and south transept, presumably for a family pew. A few small fragments remain from the Norman church and there were additions and alterations in succeeding centuries, much being done in the 17th-century. In 1853 the chancel was rebuilt and the whole church restored by T H Wyatt. Both nave and chancel walls are faced with flint and sandstone chequerwork. Inside, over the tower arch, there is a large plaster cartouche of strapwork enclosing the date 1637, which is said to refer to the erection of a now vanished gallery at the west end of the nave.’