St Bartholomew's Church, Lower Basildon, Berkshire
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A church built by the people, for the people
This striking flint-and-brick 700-year-old church stands in a pretty churchyard shaded by fine trees near a beautiful stretch of the Thames.
It is filled with memorials to past parishioners and, in early spring, a host of daffodils. Jethro Tull, the father of modern farming, has a memorial here (although the whereabouts of his grave is unknown) and there is a moving marble statue of two young brothers in swimming trunks who drowned in the Thames in 1886.
The church itself is simple and serene. The nave and south door were built in the thirteenth century, while the ornate roof timbers were installed in the fifteenth century, when parishioners grew rich from the local wool and corn trade.
Inside, there are several stunning memorials, including brass effigies of John Clerk and his wife Lucie, both in medieval costume. The nineteenth-century memorial for Sir Francis Sykes has a statue of a woman weeping by John Flaxman, famous for his Wedgewood designs.
Unfortunately, the roof of St Bartholomew's has started to fail in recent years, resulting in the removal of tiles to make the building safe and a temporary felt coving has been applied until urgently needed funds are found for cover the cost of a permanent repair. More information is available on the appeal page: Roof Repair at St Bartholomew's, Lower Basildon | The Churches Conservation Trust (visitchurches.org.uk).
You can donate to the appeal here: Make a donation | The Churches Conservation Trust (visitchurches.org.uk)
A romantic ruin by the Thames
A charming church on the bank of the Thames
A Thames-side landmark
Parking available in small gravel car park at the first left turning before the church. Continue on foot through the pedestrian gate and across the grass churchyard to the covered porch. Single step up to chancel. Otherwise clear access.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
7 miles south of Wallingford, off A329, adjacent to the River Thames and the railway.
Nearest railway station: Pangbourne (2 miles). Bus route numbers 132, 133.
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire . Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.St Bartholomew's, Lower Basildon Guidebook
Click here to download a copy of the Church Plan which sets out the shared vision for the future of the church. This is a working document that will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any feedback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!
All our Berkshire churches are in our West region.
About Friends of St Bartholomews: to contact the friends group telephone: 020 7240 0444
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