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Amenities and Activities
Churches services resumed on Easter Sunday and continue with Evensong at 6.30pm on the Third Sunday of the month and Sunday Worship at 11.00am on the Fourth Sunday.
If attending services, please follow the coronavirus guidelines on social distancing, hand sanitising and face masks.
St Mary’s Church stands in the centre of the village, where it stood with the manor house in medieval times. For the manor of Yarlington is recorded in the Domesday Book. It is also the source of the well known Yarlington Mill cider apple. To the north open countryside reveals evidence of farming practice of the middle ages and to the south the Stag’s Head Inn beckons the weary pilgrim. A Norman, or perhaps Saxon, arch at the base of the tower indicates that there was a church on the site, perhaps with this central tower, at the time of the Norman conquest. Apart from the 15th century perpendicular tower, the church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1878 in what Pevsner describes as a ‘coarse geometrical’ style by J A Reeve. This architectural style and the huge chancel are representative of the significant influence of the Cambridge Camden Society, later the Ecclesiological Society founded in 1879, which wanted to restore Anglican churches to a Gothic style suited to Prayer Book services. Work by J A Reeve can also been seen in St Mark’s Church, Salisbury and St Boniface College, Warminster. Only the tower remains from the medieval church, though it may not be as it was in the original footprint of the building.
Notable features in the church and churchyard
Furnishings – perpendicular font, square with chamfered corners; one of five painted panels from the gallery removed in 1878; photograph of silver Yarlington Cup 1611-12 given by A J Rogers, Rector 1876-1908, now in Bristol Museum
Mosaic memorial by James Powell to Edwin Rogers MC killed at Ypres in 1916 (James Powell of Whitefriars Glass Foundry wanted to find a use for discarded pieces of glass – he created some 900 mosaics, mostly memorials)
Nave with north aisle leading into the vestry, robust arcade and ‘coarse’ Geometric windows, including ‘rose’ west window
1921 mosaic reredos by James Powell depicting the Annunciation to the Virgin Mry by the Archangel
Composite chancel arch each pillar with cluster of four coloured marble shafts
Norman or Saxon tower arch; under arch two carved corbel stones
Memorials – many memorials to the Rogers family of Yarlington House
Huge chancel with priest’s door and Easter sepulchre
Coved timber roof
Three bells in the tower
The tower with crochet pinnacles and hunky punks (grotesques) on the corners
An ancient sarcophagus (stone coffin) found under the chancel floor in 1878
A burial plot enclosed by railings
The World War I memorial
Two chest tombs
1 Corinthians 12:5 “
There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.”