ccasionally we visit a church which particularly impresses us - this is the case of Chisbury Chapel. From first sight it feels, well, old. The Chapel is now rather worn, has none of its furniture remaining, or even glass in the windows, but it has an atmosphere and is still impressive. Many church buildings had a Victorian 'make over' but St. Martins managed to avoid this so what we see today is how the church has been for centuries. When you step inside you are stepping back in time.
The Chapel was built by the mid 13th Century and was used until the end of the 17th Century. In the 1660s when John Aubrey visited it it was being used as a barn, just as it is today. St. Martins is now cared for by the English Heritage
, an organisation charged with the responsibility of looking after our heritage. Although partly government funded, English Heritage relies heavily on donations - money is raised by membership fees, gift shop, and fundraising events.