Thursday, October 4, 2012

St Nicholas Church, Barthampton

St Nicholas Barthmampton, near the ancient city of Bath, is a friendly village church with a congregation of all ages. It is a Church of England church, which seeks to be a community that knows and loves Jesus and shares His love with those around them.

The church is of Norman foundation and it has been a place of Christian Worship for over 750 years. Nowadays it is continuing its heritage by worshipping there as a lovely, culturally relevant, and Christ centred community, serving the whole parish and reaching out to the wider world. 

This Church is the final resting place for Admiral Arthur Philip, who was the founder of Australia and first Governor of New South Wales. His grave is inside the church. He is commemorated in the Australia Chapel which occupies the south aisle of the church, alongside his grave, and was dedicated in 1977 by the Bishop of Bath & Wells. 

In the Australian Chapel the floor is of Australian Wombeyan Marble. The memorial screen is made of Australian Blackbean wood. The windows carry the Crests of the Federal Government and the six Australian States. The kneelers were given by Tasmania. The High Commissioner for Australia performs an annual wreath laying ceremony on a day as close as possible to 11th October, the birthday of Admiral Phillip. 

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