Wiltshire Unitary Authority
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The St Michael's that we see today brought together, two parishes; St Michael's Winterbourne Earls and St Edward's Winterbourne Dauntsey, both 13th century churches. St Michael's, in particular had fallen into disrepair. Elements from both churches including ancient glass, timbers and memorials have been incorporated in this church.
The foundation stone for the building of the church was laid on 20th June 1867 by Walter Kerr, then Bishop of Salisbury. There is a plaque on the outside of the East Wall of the church commemorating this. The church was consecrated by the Bishop of Sodor and Man on 5th April 1868, who was standing in for the Bishop of Salisbury who was ill. The church was built in about 10 months!
The church consists of Chancel, Vestry, Nave, South Aisle, Porch and Pinnacled Tower. The Tower is 40 feet high and the spire 15 feet from the top of the tower, at the South West corner of the porch there is a turret staircase to the belfry. The tower was very much as it is today, less the clock. There are five bells in the tower which are still mounted on plain bearings. This means that the bell axle ends are just resting in bronze cups let into the 'wooden frame and held there by gravity and their own weight. The effect of this is they require more effort to ring than bells affixed by ball bearings.
Added by Wertypop.