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The Avon Valley Churches

March 9, 2017

To put these into context, here is a map of the Avon Valley. I have recently looked at the churches from Salisbury upstream to Amesbury.


St. Andrew’s, Great Durnford


St. Andrew’s is a real gem of a church, sitting on the banks of the Avon. I found it open. There is always a sense of anticipation when I open the door of a place I haven’t visited before. St. Andrew’s didn’t disappoint! It is wonderfully atmospheric and gives a sense of what many rural churches would have been like before Victorian restorations. It is grade 1 listed because of this and well worth seeing (for those of an architectural bent have a look at For the visitor I found some prayer cards and booklets (good ones too) and some post cards for sale. A laminated simple guide helps the visitor to understand what is what. There is a votive stand to light candles along with a book to enter prayer request into and some ideas for prayer. There is a small children’s area and I was the first visitor in the visitors book this year! It deserves many more. The church website can be found at This is very good with all sorts of information on these thriving churches.



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