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St Mary's Churchyard, Bath

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St Mary's Church, Bathwick was a parish church in Bathwick in the city of Bath in England. The church was demolished in 1818. Its parish was succeeded by St Mary the Virgin's Church, Bathwick on Church Road at the base of Bathwick Hill. Its churchyard is currently contained in that of St John the Baptist's Church, Bathwick.
Medieval in origin, it was recorded in May 1815 as being merely 64 feet long, 17 feet wide with room for 130 people seated. It featured a dominant Early English tower, a nave and chancel and large nearly triangular buttresses.
By the Georgian era, it was fast becoming a ruin. With William Pulteney's purchase of the Manor of Bathwick estate in 1727, the Pulteneys wished to relieve themselves of the small ruin on their estate, but waited until they had developed the property. By 1814, the new parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Bathwick at the base of Bathwick Hill was completed. The designer of that church, John Pinch the Elder, was shortly employed by the Pulteney family to demolish the medieval Mary's, then called Bathwick Old Church, which he carried out in January 1818.
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  • After taking a walk in Henrietta Park, I found the ruin of St. Mary's and the churchyard. This is maintained by local resident's who obviously care about some of their heritage and the fact that promi...  more »
  • We came across this by accident as it wasn’t in our guidebooks, but it’s a wonderfully peaceful and historically interesting spot - quiet, peaceful and lovely  more »
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  • Such a peaceful lovely place.
  • Beautiful church building from the early 19th century, but more importantly a wonderful church community. Anglo-Catholic in an accessible, welcoming fashion.
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