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John Aubrey's visit to St. John the Baptist, Foxley, Wiltshire


The Foxley entry has no text written by John Aubrey, just these notes by John Jackson.


Page 275

FOXLEY (in the old Hundred of Sterkeley) belonged in the reign of Will. I., with the adjoining Manor of Easton to Roger de Berkeley.   In Hen. III. Simon de Eldersfield, co. Worcester, held it, under the Abbess of St. Edward of Shaftesbury.   In 3 Edw. III (1274) William Delamere, under the same.   The last of this family who presented to the Rectory, in 1457, was William Delamere of Hardwick in Eldersfield.   The next owners were the Moodys of Garsdon who were followed, about 1627, by the Ayliffes of Grittenham in Brinkworth.   George Ayliffe Esq. married Judith Strangways of Melbury co. Dorset; and after the death (as it is believed) of their daughter Judith Ayliffe, who gave the Communion Plate to the Church and died in 1727, Foxley passed to the family of Lord Holland.

The Church is ancient and has some good Early English columns.   On the South is a "Low-side" window.   In a side-chapel on the North is a fine monument to George Ayliffe (abovementioned) who died 1712, and his wife Judith Strangeways, 1716; with a shield of their arms impaled.   Also a tablet to Richard Carter who died May 11th 1843, aged 92, and Eleanor Mary his wife 26th December 1844 aged 88, after an union of 70 years.   Another tablet mentions that "This chancel was Pav'd by John Stumpe Rector here" (1679-1726) "June 29, 1708.   Never done before."   The initials of this Rector, I.S. 1682, are on a small paten bears the name of "JEFEREY PENEL of FOXLES PARYSH, 1606."



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