Church of St Thomas a Becket, Pensford, Somerset

Address: Old Road, Pensford, Bristol, Somerset, BS39 4AL
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A handsome 14th-century tower

Set in a pretty village with the River Chew running around it this 14th-century tower stands against a dramatically backdrop of railway viaduct arches. The rest of this church has been converted to a home.

The tower has three stages, with a west doorway and unusual 15th-century windows to the top stage.

Inside, it has an elaborate vaulted ceiling and a fine Medieval bell-frame above a Perpendicular font, a 17th-century pulpit, and text and benefaction boards.

There is no access to the interior.

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Road directions

Coming towards Bristol on the A37, come down the hill into Pensford and the tower can be found on the left hand side, close to the railway viaduct off the small lane that crosses the river in the middle of the village

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Keynsham (4 miles)

OS Reference No.

ST 618 637

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.
 
 
 

 

 

PDF iconSomerset County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Somerset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
 

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Comments

  1. sally Gilson (27 Nov 2012, 17:55)

    Dear Sir:
    I watched the video with an avid interest. I am interested in Architectural Vaulted Ceiling. How may I download a page showing the vaulted ceiling? Have you stained the beams or painted? I thank you in advance for your response.

  2. Alan Grove (25 Jun 2013, 18:32)

    This is really worth a visit because of the interesting location but parking is a problem. Get the bus which stops right in the town opposite the church.

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Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

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Church of St Thomas a Becket, Pensford, Somerset

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.