Blessed Virgin Mary Churchyard

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Blessed Virgin Mary Churchyard

Church Lane
Timsbury, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, BA2 0LG England
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The only relics of the ancient church are the tomb of Sir Barnaby Samborne which somehow escaped Puritan zeal, (it now lies in the North transept beside the organ), and some ancient tablets to the Samborne family who, for many generations, were Lords of the manor. Sir Barnaby Samborne was knighted for services to Elizabeth 1; he was her standard bearer, he kept his own body of soldiers at his own expense, and he died aged 50 in 1610.The tomb bears the arms of the Samborne family and the knight lies with his hands raised in an attitude of prayer. The Samborne family took over Timsbury House, an Elizabethan manor, from the St Loe family at the end of the 15th century. It stood at the top of what is now St. Mary's Close, but was demolished in 1961, only the lodge (in Church Lane) and some of the beautiful estate trees remain.
The ancient church fell into disrepair in the 1820s and it was pulled down and rebuilt in the Gothic style in 1826. Rev Barter was a great benefactor to the new church, but unfortunately he died before it was finished. Rev John Skinner (Rector of Camerton and diaryist) records in 1825 "Poor Barter had hoped to live to witness the completion of the new church at Timsbury… but this was not to be."
The new church consisted then of a nave and chancel, built from designs by Sir George Gilbert Scott, the leading European architect who designed Westminster Abbey and the Albert Memorial. In fact, the existing road had to be moved to accommodate the new chancel. Side aisles were added in 1852, when the square benches, side galleries were taken away (evidence of the fixing points are still visible on the outside walls), and the organ was also moved to the north side aisle.
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The Blessed Virgin Mary : Church Lane, Timsbury, Avon, BA2 0LG

GPS Coordinates: 51.32577, -2.47827

  • Added: 7 Jan 2011
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