he parish church in Ashton Keynes is called Holy Cross and was founded in the 12th century. The building has been enlarged, altered and renovated at various times over the years, with major work being undertaken in the 1870's by William Butterfield, who also designed Keble College in Oxford.
Within the church it is possible to buy "a simple and brief guide for visitors", which is just what it says - it guides you around the building, giving a short explanation of the various historical objects. We have used this guide as our source when giving any details - ie dates - in these pages. It is easy when visiting these old buildings to be carried away with its history and forget what they were built for - a place of worship. The leaflet asks: "Before you go outside please say a prayer for the Church in this village, that the building that you have visited may not just be of historic interest but a centre of worship for the people who are the Church in Ashton Keynes." This sums up the attitude of its current congregation - it is a place of worship foremost, whilst appreciating and caring for its history.
We met with some of the congregation on a Wednesday after the mid-week service. Thank you for your welcome and your interest in our project.
The church of Holy Cross is a Grade I listed building - more information about the listing can be found at the Historic England
More information about Ashton Keynes can be found at the excellent Wiltshire Online Parish Clerks