Avebury, St James' Church 1899

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Caption for Avebury, St James' Church 1899: The village of Avebury, population 650, is best known for its impressive prehistoric stone circles, which were recently claimed to be the work of marmalade millionaire Keiller, rather than prehistoric man. Avebury is undoubtedly an ancient monument. Keiller and Pigott excavated the site in the 1930s and indicated individual stones that were missing by inserting little concrete pillars in their place. St James's church is of medium size; it has Anglo-Saxon windows, and a Norman chancel arch, arcades and font. Tuscan columns, inserted in 1812 by the Calne builder Button, replace the Norman originals. The chancel was built in 1879 by Withers, and the Perpendicular west tower has a stair turret and pinnacles. It is ashlar-faced, and so is the upper part of the flint and stone south aisle.

An extract from Wiltshire Churches Photographic Memories.

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Avebury is an interesting place to visit for history, archaeology and garden interests. My wife, Elizabeth, and I saw it on Sunday 24th April in bright hot sunshine when the stones are at their best; brilliantly reflecting sunlight and also casting dark shadows. The nearby Manor House and gardens (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Avebury, St James' Church 1899: The village of Avebury, population 650, is best known for its impressive prehistoric stone circles, which were recently claimed to be the work of marmalade millionaire Keiller, rather than prehistoric man. Avebury is undoubtedly an ancient monument. Keiller and Pigott excavated the site in the 1930s and indicated individual stones that were missing by inserting little concrete pillars in their place. St James's church is of medium size; it has Anglo-Saxon windows, and a Norman chancel arch, arcades and font. Tuscan columns, inserted in 1812 by the Calne builder Button, replace the Norman originals. The chancel was built in 1879 by Withers, and the Perpendicular west tower has a stair turret and pinnacles. It is ashlar-faced, and so is the upper part of the flint and stone south aisle.

An extract from Wiltshire Churches Photographic Memories.

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