Sevenhampton, St Andrew's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 1497 brass to John Camber in the chancel
Unusually, there are two fonts inside the church. One is Carolean (late 17th century) and stands on a slender baluster. Records in 1863 describe it as 'wretched and modern', which perhaps accounts for the presence of a second font the gift of Agatha Lawrence in 1891/2.
Opposite the Victorian font, against the north wall of the nave, is n endowment tablet recording the gift of Thomas Longford, who in 1770 gave £1 annually to be distributed among the poor of the parish. To the west of the font, on the south wall, is a royal coat of arms to Charles II. One very unusual feature is an extremely old trowel on a plaque against the wall. This trowel was discovered inside the stonework of the west wall during restoration work in 1893. We don't know how old it is, but it could well be medieval. Presumably it was left behind accidentally by a mason centuries ago and never recovered.
There are a few interesting historical snippets to be gleaned from the church records. St Andrews was given to Llanthony Priory in 1136, and by the Reformation the curate rwas getting a salary from the farmer of the priory estate in Sevenhampton. In 1365 Llanthony granted the income from a house and land they owned in Brockhampton to pay for maintaining a lamp in Sevenhampton church. That land went to the crown at the Reformation and was eventually granted to Sir Edward Warner in 1561.
That the income from a house and estate should go to keep a lamp in the church speaks to just how difficult it was to maintain a decent light in the days before electricity! The records have other interesting bits to tell; in 1551 an investigation revealed that the curate, John Hanley, was not able to recite the Ten Commandments, and a later investiigation in 1593 says that the curate was a reasonable scholar but not a good preacher.
I've been to Sevenhampton church twice, and both times I was struck by the wonderful setting, with fabulous views across the Coln River valley, and beautiful Cotswold stone cottages surrounding the church. There is such a sense of timeless calm here. The church is beautiful, with some very interesting historical features, and well worth a visit.
Address: Sevenhampton, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, GL54 5SW
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On a minor road between Brockhampton and Syreford, 1 mile north of the A436. Usually open daylight hours. Parking on the verge.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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