All Saints

Mysterious trapdoors, buried Sarsen stones and ancient yew trees.

Alton Priors, Wiltshire

Opening times

Open daily.


Alton Priors

The Perpendicular tower of this lovely medieval church dominates surrounding fields. It stands just across the stream from St Mary's at Alton Barnes, and the churchyard yew tree is said to be 1700 years old!

Inside it is lime-washed and barn-like, with big rustic roof trusses and open timbering. The chancel arch is all that remains of the church's Norman past. The rest of the church dates from late medieval times, except for the body of the chancel which was rebuilt in the nineteenth century.

The church still contains Jacobean choir stalls, unusually tall communion rails and a 1590 tomb. A mysterious trapdoor conceals a buried Sarsen stone (a sandstone block).

This church is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Parking within 250m

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Churches Conservation Trust

  • Repair Grant, £0, 2014

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

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