St Mary's Church, Hardington Bampfylde, Somerset

Address: Pillar Lane, Hardington, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2RE
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A charming church that hides a tragic history

This peaceful church in a working farmyard has beautiful unspoilt Georgian furnishings and a wonderfully preserved Norman tower - one of the smallest complete church towers in England.

Yet the tranquil atmosphere hides a tragic history: the church and village became almost extinct during the Black Death of 1348.

The Bampfylde family restored the village fortunes in the 15th century, and inside the church you can see several Bampfylde memorials – as well as delightful box pews, pulpit and altar rails, also remains of wall paintings and a Royal Arms of Charles I.

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Road directions

3 miles north west of Frome, off A362

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Frome (4 miles)

OS Reference No.

ST 743 526

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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, 4.75mb)

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. Adgie Lou Davidson (03 Dec 2012, 16:18)

    Visited this lovely church whilst attending a course at the Jackdaws Trust for Music Education. I have additional pictures I can upload if you'd like them.

    Buried there are Peter Wishart and Maureen Lehane, acclaimed musicians. Maureen started the Jackdaws Trust after Peter died, in his honor.

  2. Nicholas Hayward (24 Mar 2014, 23:38)

    My wife and I visited it yesterday, and seeing it has prompted me to join the Church Conservation Trust. I think it was something to do with the fact it contains a fragment of a medieval wall painting and was deconsecrated in 1962 - a year before I was born. So for fifty years it has not really functioned as a church, which I found poignant. There had been four visitors, including us, in the last month. On a bench was a box of church candles and a water-damaged Bible. Yet it contains the most beautiful baroque monument which mentions a church in the City where his brother was buried - St John Zechariah - destroyed in the 'late conflagration and not to be rebuilt'. And it is set in the middle of a farm, surrounded by aromatic cowsheds. It is the tiniest ancient church, almost lost in many senses, but still somehow clinging on to a remnant of a faith.

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St Mary's Church, Hardington Bampfylde, 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.

Disabled access

Good access for visitors with disabilities.

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.