Bothenhampton is an ancient village of one main street that extends to several hundred modern homes. Bothenhampton is separated from Bridport to the west by a few yards of ancient flood plain beside the River Asker and Morrisons supermarket (protected by modern levees) Clergy include Revd Kay Watters and Graham Purse, our Local Licensed Minister.
Through the generosity of a loan from a parishioner , Holy Trinity, Bothenhampton has purchased a stair climber which can be used by anyone with poor mobility to access the church via the porch steps and to also go up to the chancel if required. Our aim is the make our church inclusive to all. In 2020 we are hoping to make our toilet easier to use by raising the floor and adding grab rails.
Why not consider having your wedding in this lovely church as so many others have done in the past? Think Wedding – Think Church !!
Our servery project was completed recently and thanks went to so many people for their support, not only financially, but also for the design of the woodwork by Ron Emmett MBE and the contractors, not forgetting Sue Cannings and DAC Salisbury for their expert guidance and help.
What a difference between old and new! It’s onward now to our next project, which will be a new loo designed especially for the disabled, to be constructed to the rear of the building (hopefully).
Bridport with its port at West Bay is noted for its history, scenery and life the whole year round. The area is very popular with tourists from across the world. People from the New World come in search of their ancestry, whilst all visitors appreciate the Jurassic Coast and the stunning coastal scenery, and soft hills and woodlands that circle the Brit and Asker valleys in which the Bridport Team lies. Locals work in the many small light industries and commerce that have now largely replaced the rope and net-making that once dominated the economy. Whether local or a visitor all are welcome at any time in all of our churches.
Holy Trinity Bothenhampton was Edward Prior’s first church. He undertook an extensive study of local churches and developed a sophisticated analytical approach to designing the building, and a philosophy that sought to build appropriately for its religious function. The roof was the most radical feature of the church, later forming the model for the great roof at Prior’s masterwork at St Andrew’s Church, Roker. Elements of Richard Norman Shaw’s influence remain, particularly in the porch but Prior’s knowledge and love of Early English church architecture in particular dominate. Prior was careful to use local materials, selected with skill and handled with craftsmanship. He was also able to develop furnishings and decoration to provide a holistic design for the church and its fittings.
At Bothenhampton, Prior designed the font, the altar rails, the choir stalls, chest and the doors. The altar table was designed with William Lethaby and executed by Augustus Mason. All the furnishings were in English oak. Lethaby designed the altar front in gesso, with intertwined wild roses, leaves and stems. A wrought iron chancel screen was added in 1895. The East window is by Christopher Whall which was one of the first glazed with a new kind of glass known in the craft as Early English glass, devised by Professor Prior, who with Christopher Whall raised the standard of our modern stained glass craft. One of the lights in the window was shown at an exhibition in London as an example of this new glass”