Brampton Bryan, St Barnabas Church
Brampton Bryan, St Barnabas Church
St Barnabas is remarkable in that it was one of only 6 churches built during the Commonwealth, that period between the death of Charles I and the Restoration of the Monarchy under Charles II. The church was constructed in 1656 to replace a medieval church destroyed during the 1643 siege of Bampton Bryan castle. It is Puritan in style, very different from most medieval churches in the area.
The nave and chancel are unusually combined under a single roof; a wonderful example of double-hammerbeam construction. One monument surved the destruction of the medieval church; this is to Lady Margaret de Brampton, and dates to the 14th century. Lady Margaret is depicted holding her heart in her hands. The church stands in the Harley estate.