St Mary's Church, Hardington Bampfylde, Somerset
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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 fifteenth 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.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
In the shadow of the great Abbey of Downside
The entrance on the south side is from a flat, small grass churchyard surrounded by farm buildings and houses. There is one shallow step from the door to the stone tiled nave, and a further step up to the altar.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
3 miles north west of Frome, off A362
Nearest railway station: Frome (4 miles)
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.Somerset County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Somerset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
St Mary's Church, Hardington Bampfylde is in our west region.
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