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Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

The church was built in the 13th Century, but there are some pieces of early 12th century masonry and there is a late 12th century priest's doorway which has been moved to the organ chamber. It is possible that the masonry and the doorway were reclaimed and reused. The church also displays elements from the 15th century and some pieces from 1634 to 1635. There was probably a church in Broad Hinton in the 12th century. It was restored in 1879 to 1880 by C.E Pointing. In the 13th Century the church was called St. Mary's, and was later renamed St. Peter ad Vincula- in the 19th century. The tower was built in the 15th or early 16th century, and was built in limestone ashlar. The organ chamber (where the late 12th century Priest's doorway was moved to) was formally a chapel.

The chancel window probably dates from the 19th century restoration of the church. There are numerous monuments inside St. Peter's. One of the most interesting is that to Sir Thomas Wroughton. He, without his hands, is kneeling on a cushion with his wife kneeling behind him, also on a cushion, in widow's hood, with their eight children, who are also without hands, all kneeling on the frieze below. One story is that Sir Thomas found his wife reading the Bible and he took it from her and threw it into the fire. Maybe he later regretted his action and pulled the Bible out of the fire, damaging his hands? Possibly, he considered it sinful to read God's words for one's self; or was he simply infuriated to find his wife passing the time reading while there were greater issues to attend to? It is striking to find that his children's hands are missing as well. This may have been to illustrate the aphorism that a father's sins are visited on his children. Sir Thomas' wife has hands and is clutching the Bible.

There are many other beautiful monuments inside the church, such as a reredos of Beer stone. The Beer stone is a pale honey-coloured stone from the quarries near to the fishing village of Beer in South Devon.

Another monument is that to Lieutenant Colonel Francis Glanville who died fighting for the King at the battle of Bridgewater in1645. Francis was the second son of Sir John Glanville. The alabaster figure is presented in amour; above him are replicas of his sword, gauntlets, helmet and escutcheon.

Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, is commemorated by his coat of arms, taken from his funeral pall in 1852 and presented to the church. The 'Iron Duke' had held one of the manors of Broad Hinton in his lifetime.

The parish had a chalice, a paten and two flagons, given in 1677; they were stolen from the church in 1756, but were soon recovered. Outside the church, the ground level was lowered to aid in the prevention of damp occurring in the building.

Rev. Robert Campbell Crokat M.A was vicar of Broad Hinton from 1895 to 1919. He was succeeded by Hugh Vaughan White, who was vicar from 1919-66.

The Church Registers are preserved from 1612 to the present time, but some are missing. The records for marriages are missing from 1620-5 and 1745-57. The records for burials are missing from 1678 to 1708 and 1743-57. Registers are held in the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre at Chippenham.

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Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: c.1890s
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: c.1950
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: c.1950
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 1889
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton
Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

Image Date: 2011
Image Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre


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