Fifield Bavant and the smallest Church in Wiltshire

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

I read somewhere that the village of Fifield Bavant is the smallest in Wiltshire with just two houses. I also read that the Church is the smallest in Wiltshire, and allegedly the second smallest in England. Whether both of these assertions are true or not, I do not know. But it intrigued me enough to go out of my way to visit.

The Church of St Martin was erected in the 13th Century and a good portion of it is still original to that period. The Bell turret was added in 1909 so there are some more modern additions, and the Church was fully restored in 2011. It is still active, part of the Diocese of Salisbury and every 3rd Sunday of the month holds an Evensong Service from the Book of Common Prayer at 3pm. When visiting it can be a little hard to actually find how to get to the front door as a farm is right in front of it, but a little ingenuity will get you there.

The village of Fifield Bavant was featured in the the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice, so this little piece of Wiltshire has been seen by a wider audience.

It has to be said though, that the little Church is incredibly picturesque and it is well worth a visit. This is quintessential Hidden Wiltshire.