St Nicholas Church
Somerset BA2 6TU
The church can be approached either from Bathampton Village or from the Batheaston road (Mill Lane). The access from Mill Lane is through a lychgate and avenue of ancient trees.
To come from the village you cross the Kennet & Avon Canal by a hump-backed packhorse bridge and enter the neat and well kept churchyard from Church Close.
Churchyard Graves
The graves in the churchyard are in excellent condition and worth a look. Quite a few famous and notorious people are buried here including Walter Sicket and Admiral Sir Arthur Philip, Governor of New South Wales, Australia whose grave led to the establishment of the Australia Chapel inside the church. For more information, please look at the St Nicholas Churchyard Graves article and the Australia Chapel, Bathampton articles in this website.
So let’s now go inside - the church is open most days.
The St Nicholas Church records date back to 1261. On window sills in the south aisle are two recumbent effigies c. 1375. The cross-legged knight is headless but the lady is complete in a wimple. The base of the tower and the east wall of the church are definitely Medieval (15th century). The tower is Perpendicular in style and has a peal of six bells and an 1865 tower clock and the chancel arch may be even earlier (14th century).
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Major Renovations in 18th Century
Major renovations were conducted in the 18th century when Ralph Allen became owner of Bathampton Manor through marriage. He added the Allen family chapel in the south aisle of the nave. Unfortunately most of the 18th century work disappeared during subsequent restorations except for the barrel shaped ribbed plaster ceiling in the nave.
In 1865 major alterations were commenced with a north aisle being added and, in 1882 the south nave aisle was built with an arcade to match the north side. In recognition of the Australian bond, the pulpit and the choir stalls are made of Australian blackbean wood.
As previously mentioned the church has an Australian historical connection – the last resting place of Captain (later Admiral) Arthur Phillip. See The Australia Chapel Bathampton article in this website.
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Getting There
Refer to the detailed 'Getting There' information in the Bathampton article in this website.
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