Idmiston Parish Council (IPC)
Idmiston Parish Council (IPC)

About St. Nicholas Church

Owned by the Church of England, information on services is listed here.

History of St. Nicholas Church

This was originally a privately endowed chantry chapel set up by Lucia Burgelen at Birdlimes Farm.


By 1545 it had become a chapel of Idmiston church and was served by a curate. The chapel continued to serve the community of Porton and was doubtless enlarged over the centuries.


In 1848 it was described as a small ancient structure with a nave, chancel and a porch on the south side. It had a wooden belfry. Unfortunately the fabric of the church had deteriorated and in 1876-7 a new Church of St. Nicholas was built on a new site, with the Rev. William Dowding, Joseph Waters and Henry Targett providing most of the finance and I.A. Ingram giving the land.


This church of flint, with brick dressings and a tiled roof, was designed by J.L. Pearson and has a nave, chancel, vestry, south porch and a bell cote. It was consecrated on 18th July 1877. Unfortunately the builder did not follow the architect's specifications and the church needed underpinning later.


There is a reset 15th century font and the registers dating from 1813, other than those in current use, are held in the Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office.


This is a Grade II listed building with more of its features described here


Parish Clerk

Catherine Purves

Idmiston Parish Council,

Cranbourne, White Way


Salisbury  SP5 1DT


Telephone: 07763 411 595




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