Church Landmark


Friends of St Mary's Church, Cricklade, Wiltshire, U.K.


Chairman: Hugh Dudley, 4 Pleydells, Cricklade, SWINDON, SN6 6NG

Secretary: Gerry Dudley, 4 Pleydells, Cricklade, SWINDON, SN6 6NG

Treasurer: Tony Barratt, 13 Boundary Close, Stratton, SWINDON, SN2 7TF


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Church land mark


SIR --- A ceremony will take place on Sunday, Jan. 1, 1984, at St. Mary's Church, Cricklade in Wiltshire, which will be a unique landmark in the history of the medieval borough, the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.


   On that day, the redundant parish church of the former parish of Cricklade St Mary will revert from Anglican to Roman use, the first parish church to make such a change.


   A church probably stood on the site of Saint Mary's long before the Saxon town walls were constructed as part of King Alfred's Burghal Hidage defence of Wessex.


   It was near Cricklade that Saint Augustine met the British bishops early in the seventh century when the town would have been little more than a hamlet originating from an error made by Vespasian's engineers who built part of Ermin Street over the floodplain north of the town.


   I am happy that the redundant church has found such suitable occupants which should ensure that the fabric will be well cared for.



Cricklade, Wilts


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