SU0268 : Mass dial, Church of St Mary, Calstone Wellington

taken 12 years ago, near to Calstone Wellington, Wiltshire, England

Mass dial, Church of St Mary, Calstone Wellington
Mass dial, Church of St Mary, Calstone Wellington
This is to be found on the south elevation of the church. I nearly missed it. Mass dials were an early form of timekeeper.
Church of St Mary, Calstone Wellington, Calne Without, Wiltshire

Written by Brian Robert Marshall

A simple online search reveals several sources of information regarding this relatively unpretentious small church: LinkExternal link

Extracting the salient facts we learn that, although there was a church on the present site in 1301, no trace of it remains today. The building seen today dates to the mid 15th century with additions such as the gallery and vestry added in the 18th and 19th centuries respectively. This latter work was carried out at the same time as a ‘conservative’ restoration in the mid 1880s.
The building is listed Grade II LinkExternal link

The interior has several memorials both on the floor and walls. There is also a stone font, relatively plain and not that old (dated at 1740). There is an interesting coat of arms which seems to have been painted directly onto the wall between the nave and chancel. It is the same age as the font which was in the reign of George II LinkExternal link The east window is of stained glass and is dated to 1889.

Externally there are one or two features of interest; a mass dial and an Ordnance Survey bench-mark.

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Date Taken
Monday, 28 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 29 May, 2012
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 027 681 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.7149N 1:57.7540W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 027 681
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