HEYTESBURY OPEN PLACE
At the heart of what was the borough town of Heytesbury Hundred, lies the Grade I Listed Church of St Peter & St Paul, with its unmistakable Norman design. The church was substantially funded by Matilda, Holy Roman Empress, granddaughter of William the Conqueror, daughter of Henry I, mother of Henry II.
William Butterfield's 1860 restoration of the chancel is of national significance. It has recently been restored to its original splendour as part of the Heytesbury Open Place project. This beautiful space forms the spiritual heart of the church.
Working with partners and users, the huge Norman nave is envisaged as a multi-use space where conservation, community, and creative arts come together to celebrate a unique heritage and inspire the future through performance, exhibitions, talks, workshops, classes, and special church services. At the western end of the nave there will be a new narthex - a welcoming space for meeting friends and making new ones over coffee.