Church of St Mary Bampton, England c. 1270-1350
Originally a Saxon minster, this large parish church dates mainly from the late 13th century but retains some earlier elements. It has an attractive 13th-century spire and some notable interior decorations. The church is currently starring in the British television series Downton Abbey.
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Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 17, 2011
The exterior of Bampton's church is attractive, with a large and elegant spire supported by minature saint-topped flying buttresses, a large west window, and multiple porches. Bits of the original Saxon masonry can still be seen in the lower part of the tower and the northwest turret. The interior has some interesting elements, foremost among them being a miniature carved reredos behind the altar in the chancel, depicting Christ and the Twelve Apostles (c. 1400). Some traces of its original paint remain. In the nave, some herringbone-work from the Saxon church can still be seen. continue reading →
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