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Farley,  Wiltshire  -  All Saints Church

17th Century

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Notes in italics from Wiltshire by Nikolaus Pevsner Revised by Bridget Cherry (1975) Yale University Press, New Haven and London


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Built by Sir Stephen Fox and completed by 1689-90. Fox ... was acquainted with Wren, who may well have helped to design the church.  ...   W tower; nave with transepts forming a Greek cross; chancel. The main entrance is in the S transept. Above the doorway a circular window. ... Hipped roofs. The tower has a parapet with urn pinnacles. 

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The church is of brick (still laid in English bond - which shows the local bricklayer) with stone dressings, including quoins. Round-arched windows with continuous mouldings. Brick gatepiers to the churchyard, with vases.

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Views to chancel, north transept with family chapel (2 pictures), south transept with organ.
Simple interior with plaster vaults. 
Furnishing nearly all of the time when the church was completed.
Pews cut down in size in 1875.

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The N transept was the family chapel and has the burial vault under.
Individual monuments below

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Elizabeth Fox, died 1696. Bust under opened curtain. Columns l. and r.

Sir Stephen Fox himself, died 1716, and his wife,  who got a special inscription starting in conscious medievalism: 'Cy gist' and ending 'Dieu aye merci de leurs ames'.

Charles Fox, died 1713. With columns and segmental pediment. Garlands below them.


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Reredos by Salviati, i.e. mosaic. Of 1875  Font. Octagonal, typical of its date.

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Almshouses. In 1681 already Sir Stephen Fox had founded almshouses at Farley. ... Long, low brick building (Flemish Bond), its centre in line with the churchyard gates. Centre of four bays and two storeys with wooden cross- windows and hipped roof with dormers. To the l. and r. lower two-storeyed ranges of seven doors each with, on the upper floor two-four-four-two windows each. They are simply of two lights. ...

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