Hullavington Church

Hullavington was another vill held by the Mortimers of Wigmore probably from 1075. It was soon granted to the Mortimer's first abbey at St Victors and was confirmed as their property in 1137. Some monks apparently lived at Court House, north west of the church and one was killed there in 1194. Court House was the capital messuage of the manor and in 1416 consisted of a dilapadated hall with rooms and a chapel to the east and a chamber to the west. The kitchen, east gatehouse, a great barn and other buildings were said to be deroofed or collapsed at the time. By 1443 much had been repaired. The church was apparently utilised as a priory by St Victors and it was occasionaly mentioned as Hullavington or Clatford priory. It was suppressed as an alien priory in 1414.

The church is another one of standard form with chancel and nave of one early build with a slightly later west tower. Probably in the late twelfth century aisles were added to the nave, with the north one apparently being built first. In the thirteenth century the north chapel was constructed and the north aisle extended with its north door being reset in the new wall. In 1872-3 the tower was demolished and the chancel and south aisle heavily restored. A new tower was built in 1880 and in 1907 the northern parts of the church were restored.

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