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Site Name: Church of St Mary and churchyard, Hardington
Civil Parish: Hemington
PRN 29939Watching brief (1984), Church of St Mary, Hardington Bampfylde
Grid Ref: ST 74220 52550 (ST 75 SW)
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Small church vested in the Redundant Churches Fund since 1972. Consists of an un-aisled nave, chancel and small west tower. The earliest standing portions are the two Romanesque chancel arch responds and the arch itself although the latter appears to have been reset. The nave and tower are chiefly late C14. The chancel was largely rebuilt in the C19 replacing a C17 structure. McGarvie suggests that it is a C12 foundation, although there has been some speculation that an Anglo Saxon building may have existed, the area being within the Frome Minster estates. There was a separate parish in the Middle Ages but it was merged with Hemington in 1733. {2}

Graveyard in use since at least medieval times. {4}


1 Guide book - McGarvie, M. Hardington Bampfylde Church.  (1978) Copy held in Somerset Studies at Somerset Heritage Centre.
2 Description - Burrow, I. Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hardington Bampfylde: Archaeological Recording November 1984.  Unpublished Somerset County Council report (1984) Location: HER files under PRN 29939.
3 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division record card. Record ID: ST 75 SW 13 (1964) Location: HER files.
4 Verbal communication - Aston, M [Mick]. Somerset County Council (31/08/1977). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained
5 Mention - Burrow, I. Hemington, Hardington Bampfylde, Church of the Virgin Mary. In Dennison, E. Somerset Archaeology 1984-85. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History  129 (1985), 1-35 at 15.
6 Mention - Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol.  (1958), 202.

Record created in June 1985

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