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St. James Church (Avebury)

St. James is the parish church of Avebury in Wiltshire, the little village which is almost surrounded by the enormous stone circle.

When the Saxons who lived in the area were converted to Christianity, they believed that the stone circle was the work of demons, and built the church outside the circle.

Although of course the circle is the reason for most visits to Avebury, the church is well worth a visit in its own right.

The tower is 15th century, but the nave is Saxon with norman aisles.

There are Saxon window openings in the West wall, and there is a Norman South doorway.

The font is a fine piece of Norman work, with carvings depicting a Bishop being attacked by a serpent.

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