Situated on a slight knoll at the east end of our village is our beautiful Church of St Peter. Archaeology and evidence on the stonework suggest there has been a place of meeting and worship on the current church site since the Middle Ages. Our current Church was commissioned in 1306 during the rule of Edward 1 (Longshanks). The undivided nave and chancel date mainly from 1858 but the dimensions of the nave and stonework surviving in the plinth of its south wall suggests there was a church on the site in 12th century and even before.
The chancel and nave were rebuilt to the design of J.L. Pearson and provide an extremely interesting church interior. English Heritage have recently surveyed the building and photographed the interior as Pearson’s rural church designs are now revealed as some of the best in the country
The Church has seen the village through Henry VIII’s approach to religion, The Black Death, English Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars, and First and Second World Wars. It has remained a stalwart; nestled as it is, in this beautiful part of the Pewsey Vale and its walls are steeped in the rich and colourful history that is part of the Wiltshire landscape.
The Church is alive and well; with regular services and is the community focal point of our village. Every two months we have “Charlton Chats” at the Church with interesting guest speakers, which are always well attended. We welcome visitors to come and visit and experience this lovely building.
Team Vicar: Revd. Jennifer Totney Tel: 01672 562886
Mrs Rosie Cunningham Tel: 01980 630321
Mrs Ali Lacey Tel: 01980 630385
Normally 2nd (Evening Workship) and 4th Sundays (Communion) all starting at 6.00pm.
On 24th December there is a Carol service.
Photos: Terance Dixon