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The Church of St. Katharine, Savernake, Wiltshire, England



The church of St. Katharine is located in the ancient Savernake Forest, close to Marlborough in Wiltshire.  By comparison to other churches we visit, St. Katharine's is fairly new.  The foundation stone was laid in 1860 and a notice inside states the church was reconstructed in 1952 after it was damaged by an explosion in Savernake Forest during the second world war.

Inside it is peaceful and, like the church members we met there, very welcoming.  There are many attractive features, but especially noticeable was the proportion of the chancel.  Usually narrow, this one is wide and curved with beautiful stained glass windows.

St. Katharine's church has it's own  website  which is has lots of information about itself, including a history of the building.

On our visit in 2018 we were able to make good use of a copy of the burial list that can be found inside the church.  This has helped us identify many names on gravestones that were otherwise unreadable.  We are very grateful to the person or people responsible for producing it - obviously a lot of time and hard work has gone into producing this valuable resource.  We would like to say 'Thank You' to those people.

The church of St. Katharine is a Grade II* listed building - more information about the listing can be found at the  Historic England  website.

More information about Savernake can be found at the  Wiltshire Community History  websites.  Information about this church on that website can be seen at:  St. Katharine Info

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Arriving at St. Katharine's at the car park at the front
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The first gated entrance
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Looking at the stone wall to the right of the gate and …
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… to the left, the wall creates a haha
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The other side of the gateway
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One of the gates
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Top of the gate post.
N.B. we didn't know if this is a post or a pier.  One source suggests a post has a gate directly attached to it, while a pier has a separate post between it and the gate.
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Decorative metalwork on the post
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The car park outside runs along the front of the wall
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Further along the carpark and drive
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On the stone is a notice about the car park and is a tribute to
David William Allen
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The other end of the haha and carpark, and the second entrance
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The second pair of gates
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A gravel track sweeps round from one gate to the other
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War memorial is located between the two gates
More photos of this memorial
Photos of all war related memorials
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It is very difficult to photograph the south side with so many trees in the way - this is the best we could do
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Window of south transcept
Photos of outside windows
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Cross over the south transcept
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Looking up
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Moving round to the left
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The west side of the tower
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The west side of the church
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West wall of the nave
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Decoration at the apex of the nave roof
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View when standing in front of the west side
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Some memorial benches
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In memory of
Sam SMITH
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In memory of
Roger WILLMOTT
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Moving round clockwise
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A look back from where we've just walked
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The north side of the church
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Far right is this door
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Carvings either side of the door
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Closer view of the flint walls
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The north transcept
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Cross on the north transcept roof
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A room between the north transcept and the chancel
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Door into that room
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Carvings either side of the door
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Metalwork on the door
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Where the roof of the nave meets the roof of the chancel
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Cross on the nave roof
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North side of the chancel roof with decorative ironwork at the ridge
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Stairway down to a door
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The yellow line towards the left …
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… leads to this gate
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Decoration on the gate post
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Millennium Yew
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An old yew tree
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Leaving the north side for the east
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These steps go to a door directly under the east window (chancel)
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Detail of the railings
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More of the east end
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Moving further around to the south side of the chancel
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South side of the chancel roof
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Vestry
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Vestry Door
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Carvings either side of the door
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Bench mark
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Stone decorations on the tower
More decorations
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1st August saw work start on the drive
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Some summer flowers
More plants/flowers
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Duncan followed a path through fields and took some photos from further away - first he followed the line of trees
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Then turned right and followed this path
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The west side of the church
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Taken back in March 2002
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A little further around
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In this one we can see the chancel
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Spot the Ball!
As Duncan returned Mandy took this photo of him (he is far left)
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