Bothenhampton - New Church
This most attractive church, an early example of the Arts & Crafts movement, was consecrated by Rt. Rev. John Wordsworth (Bishop of Salisbury 1885-1911) on 17th January 1890 to replace an old building. The architect was Edward Prior, who had designed the remarkable Pier Terrace of 1885 at West Bay when he was only 33. It is cleverly sited slightly above the village, but below the adjacent hill.
The church is entered through a southern porch via an ancient oak door transferred from the 'old' church. The interior is truly stunning. The aisle sweeps up towards the chancel and above, three huge pointed stone arches leap across the interior from almost floor level in a very pleasing and theatrical fashion. A fourth arch is integral with the west wall and massive oak arches are employed in the chancel roof to form an immensely strong and visually attractive structure. The nave, which is only 48 feet long, is lit by lancet windows on either side with a rose window high on the west end to give further light.
The Trust gratefully acknowledges images and text by Robin Adeney ©
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