Lower Basildon, St Bartholomew's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The most interesting historical feature is a 14th-century tomb niche, originally built for the founder of the church, but later used for the tomb of Sir Francis Sykes (d. 1804).
Also within the church is a memorial to the agricultural reformer Jethro Tull (d. 1741) - not to be confused with the 20th-century rock band of the same name!
The original Tull tried to reform antiquated methods of agriculture and invented a new form of plough and methods of sowing seeds. His ideas were viewed with much suspicion by farm workers, who thought their jobs would be threatened by the innovations.
Tull's modern gravestone stands in the churchyard. It is dated 1740, even though Tull died in 1741. The oddity is explained by the difference between the Old Style Julian calendar and the modern convention of using the Gregorian method of calculating dates from 1 January.
A much older memorial is that of John and Lucie Clerk (d. 1497).
The church is no longer used for regular worship and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
About Lower Basildon, St Bartholomew's Church
Address: Lower Basildon, Berkshire, England, RG8 9NH
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Signposted from the A329, 7 miles south of Wallingford. The church is beside the River Thames.
Website: Lower Basildon, St Bartholomew's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: Geoff Pick, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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