Bothenhampton - Old Church
The origins of this building are probably Norman, however the chancel is 14c and the tower 15c. In the 1880s the church had become too small and decayed to be worth repairing so it was decided to apply for a faculty to build a new larger one a mile and a half away. Most of the old church was demolished leaving just the tower and chancel. Inside there is a fine 18c reredos with altar rails.
By the 1970s the building had passed into the hands of the Redundant Churches Fund and was in need of substantial repair. The work was overseen by the eminent architect, Kenneth Wiltshire, and by 1975 the Fund had been awarded a Certificate of Commendation for the conservation.
Even in its truncated form, this is a very pleasing and peaceful little church, well worth a visit.
The Trust gratefully acknowledges images and text by Robin Adeney ©