Bathampton (/ˌbɑːθˈæmptən/) is a village and civil parish 2
miles (3 km) east of Bath,
England on the south bank of the River
Avon. The parish has a population of 1,603.
Kennet and Avon Canal
Kennet and Avon Canal passes through the village and a toll bridge
Batheaston on the north bank of the canal.
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Bathampton Camp is a univallate
Iron Age hill fort situated
approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) east from the village. The site
was excavated in 1904–05 and in 1952–54. Results found human and
animal remains, pottery and flint flakes.
The parish was part of the hundred of Hampton.
The village used to be served by
Bathampton railway station, but it
was closed following the destructive Beeching cuts.
Plasticine was manufactured in the village between 1900 and 1983 by a
company founded by William Harbutt, who also lived in Bathampton.
The parish council has responsibility for some local issues, including
setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council's
operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The
parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with
the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch
groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish
council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance
and repair of parish facilities, such as the village hall or community
centre, playing fields and playgrounds, as well as consulting with the
district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of
highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning.
Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and
environmental issues are also of interest to the council.
The parish falls within the unitary authority of Bath and North East
Somerset which was created in 1996, as established by the Local
Government Act 1992. It provides a single tier of local government
with responsibility for almost all local government functions within
its area including local planning and building control, local roads,
council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse
collection, recycling, cemeteries, crematoria, leisure services,
parks, and tourism. It is also responsible for education, social
services, libraries, main roads, public transport, trading standards,
waste disposal and strategic planning, although fire, police and
ambulance services are provided jointly with other authorities through
the Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Avon and
Somerset Constabulary and
the South Western Ambulance Service.
Bath and North East Somerset's area covers part of the ceremonial
Somerset but it is administered independently of the
non-metropolitan county. Its administrative headquarters are in Bath.
Between 1 April 1974 and 1 April 1996 it was the
Wansdyke District and
the City of Bath of the county of Avon. Before 1974 that the parish
was part of the Bathavon Rural District.
The parish is part of 'Bathavon North' electoral ward. As well as
Batheaston this ward stretches east
to Kelston. The total population of this ward as at the 2011 census
The parish is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of
United Kingdom as part of the North East Somerset. It elects one
Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of
election. It is also part of the
South West England
South West England constituency of
European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt
method of party-list proportional representation.
Kennet and Avon Canal
Kennet and Avon Canal passes around the edge of the village
Bathampton is a steep slope, heavily quarried for stone near the
top in the area now called
Bathampton Rocks, leading to Bathampton
Down. Until the late 1950s the track used for bringing stone down into
the valley could be seen; it crossed the main
A36 road over a short
rock bridge known as the Dry Arch. This was demolished in 1958 as it
was too low for double-decker buses and other traffic. Bathampton
Rocks was the site of the
Bathampton Patrol (Auxiliary Units)
Operational Base during the Second World War. at OS Grid Ref
ST778651 (51°23.0′N 2°19.1′W / 51.3833°N 2.3183°W /
River Avon and meadows between Claverton and Bathampton, with Banner
Down in the distance.
When the A46
Bathampton by-pass was built, an area of 9 hectares was
created to provide additional flood relief. The wet meadows and the
oxbow lake which were made have proved attractive to a number of
migrant birds with waders such as dunlin, ringed and little ringed
plover, and green and common sandpiper in spring and autumn. Sand
martin and kingfisher have been seen regularly by the oxbow, and other
migrants have included yellow wagtail, whinchat and hobby.
In 2009, the local Council identified the meadows as a possible new
park and ride site to alleviate traffic congestion in the city. In
January 2017 the council confirmed that the
Bathampton Meadows site as
it preferred option for a park and ride site to the east of the
city, However the owner, Steve Horler, says that he is
unwilling to sell the land.
Above the village is Sham Castle, a folly built in 1762 by Richard
James, master mason for Ralph Allen, "to improve the prospect" from
Allen's town house in Bath. It is a screen wall with a central pointed
arch flanked by two 3-storey circular turrets, which extend sideways
to a 2-storey square tower at each end of the wall. It is
illuminated at night.
The Australia Chapel in St Nicholas Church
In the 13th century John Stafford, who later became the Archbishop of
Canterbury, was the vicar of Bathampton.
Memorial in St Nicholas Church to Arthur Phillip, first Governor of
New South Wales, Australia
The Parish Church of St Nicholas has 13th-century origins with
15th-century alterations and tower. In the mid-18th century Ralph
Allen added Gothic components after he acquired
Bathampton Manor by
marriage in 1731. The building was further restored and the north
aisle built in 1858 by Henry Goodridge and the chancel was restored in
1882 by Charles Edward Davis. The "Australia Chapel" in the south
aisle contains memorials to the Allen family and to Admiral Arthur
Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales. Phillip was buried
in the church after his death in 1814 and although it was unnoticed
for many years, the grave was discovered in 1897 and the Premier
of New South Wales, Sir Henry Parkes, had it restored. The windows of
the sanctuary carry the coat of arms of the Federal Government and the
six Australian States.
Buried in the church yard is the body of the French aristocrat,
Adolphe, Vicomte du Barry, a nephew-by-marriage and close personal
friend of Madame du Barry, Louis XV's legendarily beautiful mistress.
The Vicomte had been living in nearby Bath when he was killed in a
duel with an Irish adventurer, Captain Rice.
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