Place:Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, England

NameAlton Barnes
Alt namesAlton Bernerssource: alternate name
Honeystreetsource: hamlet in parish
Alton-Barnessource: Family History Library Catalog
Alton-Bernerssource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.359°N 1.846°W
Located inWiltshire, England     ( - 1934)
See alsoSwanborough Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Devizes Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1894 - 1934
Alton, Wiltshire, Englandcivil parish it joined in 1934
Kennet District, Wiltshire, England1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England2009--
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The boundaries of Alton Barnes parish, also known as Alton Berners, were established in the early 10th century, and the ancient parish became a civil parish in 1866.

In 1934 the civil parishes of Alton Barnes and Alton Priors were abolished and merged to form the new civil parish of Alton.

The Ridgeway, an ancient trackway, passes through Alton Barnes (although this section is not part of the Ridgeway National Trail, which begins further north). The Wansdyke, an early medieval earthwork, crosses the north of the parish on the Marlborough Downs.

The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Alton Barnes is partly Saxon, built in the 10th and 11th centuries. The nave has characteristic Anglo-Saxon features: typically tall, narrow proportions and (visible at the west end) long-and-short quoins. The south door was added in the 14th century. The original chancel was as wide as the nave, but it demolished and replaced with a brick one in 1748. There was a Saxon chancel arch but this was removed in 1832. There was a Victorian restoration in 1875 and a further restoration in 1904 directed by the local architect Charles Ponting (1850–1932). What survives is a Grade I listed building.

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