Article by Marje Caie


The oldest parts of St Mary’s Church, which lies on the hill above the hamlet of Burton, date from about 1290 although little remains from that period. The Register of Incumbents dates back to 1305 when the Abbot of Glastonbury presented Johannes de Montacute to the living. The Manor and Advowson of Netlington belonged, until the Dissolution, to Glastonbury Abbey. The present patron is the Bishop of Bristol.

At St Mary’s we have a variety of services, and all are welcome at every service. There are refreshments after our Sunday services, and our TGI Friday service is followed by a social. Our special services and events are listed on the village event calendar.

St Mary’s Church is part of the Bybrook Benefice, which includes the churches at Biddestone, Castle Combe, Grittleton, Littleton Drew, North Wraxall, Slaughterford, West Kington and Yatton Keynell. Click here for the ByBrook Benefice website for details of services and events at other churches in the Benefice, and the Ministry Team.

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Sharon green · 08/12/2023 at 6:04 am

Can l buy a book on the church with the stained glass windows to Sharon green

    Amanda Read · 08/12/2023 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Sharon, as far as I’m aware, there is no book dedicated to St Mary’s of Nettleton & Burton alone. However, the local library has a range of titles in which St Mary’s features to a greater or lesser extent. For instance, the Pevsner guide to Wiltshire has a great deal of info on the church, although the photos are all in black and white. A quick search on the library catalogue also brought up the more recent ‘Parish churches of Wiltshire: a guide’, among others – although, not having read them myself, I can’t say whether they cover St Mary’s and its beautiful stained-glass windows, or not.

    Can anyone else add to this, please?

    Alistair Caie · 08/12/2023 at 3:06 pm

    The NADFAS record
    and Pevsner provide the most comprehensive and detaied description of the church and its contents. Note that the NADFAS record is 157MB. It was also done over 20 years ago, so there are some changes, particuarly a reordering in which the derelict pews at the west end of the church were removed and replaced byt chairs.

      Amanda Read · 08/12/2023 at 3:40 pm

      Many thanks, Al. You are a mine of information. For convenience, I’ve now added a link from the webpage Inside the Church to the section of the report concerning the windows.

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