History - Fifield Bavant
St. Martin's church is a simple rectangular building about 35ft long. It dates from the 13th Century and the stone and flint checkerboard walls are largely original. The scalloped Norman font is a fine example which pre-dates the church.
The village of Fifield Bavant is the smallest in Wiltshire with just two houses – the 18th Century Manor Farmhouse and 17th Century former Rectory – and ten cottages. The adult population is nineteen – just one more than was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. The medieval village, the foundations of which can be seen in the valley to the south and west of the church was considerably larger, with 67 poll tax payers recorded in 1377.
In 2005 Fifield Bavant was one of the locations chosen for the filming of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFadyen. Part of the location fee was donated to the PCC towards the cost of restoration of the church.
A thorough programme of restoration of the fabric of the church, which started in mid-September 2010, was completed in 2011. The church remained open for services throughout the restoration - and the re-opening celebration was warmly supported.
- Church Office
- URC Chapel, High Road,
- Broad Chalke
- SP5 5EH