This final building on my day out is a short walk away from St Mark’s Church. It was gifted to Bath Abbey in 1100. Rebuilt in 1495, it suffered bomb damage during the Second World War. A small graveyard affords super views across to the Abbey, and there is a small garden at one side […]
Built in the late 1820s this became the parish church of Lyncombe in 1856, but was closed in 1972. It is now used as a community centre and there are rehearsals taking place by a young theatre group. Their director takes a group of tourists around the church, pointing out the features that have survived, […]
A small detached building opened in 1847, used for various purposes over the year including a polling station. It is modern, bright, minimalist interior now used by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. There are very welcoming volunteers. A lovely space.
Back down the hill I then explore Widcombe Ebenezer Chapel which was built in 1820 and used by various religious groups, but now used by Baptists with some modern extensions to the building. It is a very large space; I am particularly struck by the “font” for immersion baptisms just below the pulpit.
The chantry is next door and was built as a private chantry chapel for the Eyre family of Derbyshire. It has some very fine altar carvings including a super alabaster figure of Christ with a canopy over it forming the main altar, plus lovely Minton tiles with the family coat of arms on the floor.
Just through a wooded area, this Gothic Revival chapel was designed by Joseph and Charles Hansom (of the Hansom cab fame) and has some lovely stained glass windows. It is still used a few times each year. The very informative volunteer knows a lot about the history of burial grounds in Bath, enjoy talking to […]
I then manage to visit seven out of the eight places open as part of the Widcombe Chapel trail, all open as part of the Heritage Open Day. The cemetery contains the burials of mostly upper middle class mid-Victorians, many form the professional class and military. The cemetery also provides good views across to Bath. […]
After walking along the River Avon and eating a bit f lunch by the river, I arrive at Widcombe across the river from the main part of the busy city centre. Owned by the Bath Preservation Trust this is a small Baptist burial ground at the bottom of Lyncombe Hill. A very informative volunteer points […]
I walk into the centre of Bath to start exploring nine places open as part of the last day of this year’s Heritage Open Days (four days over the end of the week). I do a lot of walking during my exploration and encounter very friendly, enthusiastic volunteers. The first is the Nexus Methodist Church. […]
After parking at the Lansdown park and rideI walk down the Lansdown hill towards Bath for about 5 minutes to arrive at Beckford’s Tower just as it opens at 10.30am. The £5 entrance fee is well worth it just to be able to climb the spiral staircase to the Belvidere, an ornately decorated enclosed space […]