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The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon

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ShaunH290 wrote a review Oct 10
London, United Kingdom1,274 contributions137 helpful votes
We were disappointed that this ancient building was closed when we visited. We had seen from the website that there was very little inside, but it would have been good to be able to see for ourselves. So many church buildings elsewhere are open during office hours, so why not this one? The Saxon Church of St Laurence in Bradford on Avon is one and the same church as St Laurence's - but there is some confusion on websites about this!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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upmost wrote a review Sep 2020
Essex, United Kingdom338 contributions90 helpful votes
Lovely little church in Bradford on Avon easy to find near the main part of town. The church was locked up so couldnt go inside but nice to walk around the outside.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Stephen Masefield wrote a review Apr 2020
Herne Bay, United Kingdom10 contributions2 helpful votes
I have known the Saxon Church since I was very young and it has a deep place in my heart. It is not that I am very religious but even at a young age I felt very proud to have this beautiful church in my home town of Bradford on Avon. Today this ancient building has a even greater meaning for me as both my parents are buried within sight of the Saxon Church and whenever I lay flowers on their grave I also visit the church for a period of peace and reflection. As soon as you enter this tiny church you go back over one thousand years and the heavy stone walls although silent almost scream at you with their history. It is a gentle church which is cool even on the hottest of summer days and is so so simple in its construction. There is very little clutter in the Saxon Church which helps you breathe in such a confined space, Everything has a function but is beautful at the same time. The church I am told was surrunded by dwellings for many years until it was rediscovered in 1856 and later restored between 1870 and 1880. In a way because it was used as a dwelling for so many years it has survived. I believe that if it had been fully exposed then it is likely that it might have been demolished and the stone used elsewhere. It is directly opposite the beautiful Holy Trinity Church and both structures are very well lit at night. If one stands on the nearby bridge then the two churches and a chapel can be seen. The Saxon Church and Holy Trinity Church are in front of you whereas the chapel of St Mary's Tory can be seen in the distance above both churches. As I have noted I am very close to this church as it has been part of my life for many years even though I do not live in Bradford on Avon anymore. If you are in Wiltshire do visit Bradford on Avon and the Saxon Church.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Ian C wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom23,346 contributions1,134 helpful votes
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Bradford-on-Avon is a fascinating town to explore. Going back to Roman times, it grew up around a ford across the River Avon, with a Norman bridge and its major buildings from the 17th century onwards, constructed of that lovely golden stone, as the town prospered as a major wool mill town. Alongside the river are two churches, dating from Norman times and very active today, the other said to be the most intact Saxon chapel in England and well worth a visit. The church is over 1000 years old and, while it is relatively simple in design, it is part of the ongoing history of worship in Bradford-on-Avon.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Sharon C wrote a review Feb 2020
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This delighful little church has such charm to it. Top of the must see list if visiting Bradford on Avon. Historical
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Date of experience: February 2020
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