Church History

Dates compiled from Our Millennium Book, with thanks to the contributors.

Date Detail
931 Wooden church already in existence.
1086 Domesday book entry for Priston.
12th century Nave of church built.
15th century Oldest existing bell installed in Priston Church.  See How old is that bell?.
c. 1530 Dissolution of the monasteries leads to loss of Priston by Monastery of Bath to the Longs of Whaddon in Wiltshire.
1754 Priston church tower rebuilt.
1756 Priston Manor sold to William Jenkins for £15,475.
1813 William Vaughan presents cockerel weathervane and clock to Priston Church.
Piscina discovered walled-up.
1860s Priston church restored - pulpit installed.
1869 Stained class window installed.
Wooden bell-frame replaced by a steel one.
1917 Roman coffin found on Hill Farm - later placed in entrance to Priston Church.  Read the 1917 report of the original coffin find, (893kb)
Church roof was re-leaded.
Organ purchased for £200.
Pulpit altered.
1997 Most recent regilding of cockerel weathervane from Priston Church tower.