Chedworth Roman Villa and St John the Baptist Church

12 July 2017

10:00 - 16:30

St John the Baptist Church
Market Place
United Kingdom

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Meet at the entrance to the Church of St. John the Baptist from 10.00 a.m.  Cirencester is about 13 miles North-west of Swindon on the A419.

Church of St. John the Baptist, Cirencester

The church is medieval and is renowned for its perpendicular porch, fan vaults and merchants' tombs. There is much of interest to see and photograph, including the chancel, construction of which started around 1115.  To the north of the chancel is St. Catherine's Chapel which dates from around 1150. It contains a wall painting of St. Christopher carrying the Christ Child, and vaulting given by Abbot John Hakebourne in 1508. To the north of St. Catherine's Chapel is the Lady Chapel, first built in 1240 and extended in the 15th century. The nave was completely rebuilt between 1515 and 1530 and is a remarkable example of late perpendicular gothic architecture. The great south porch which adjoins the market place was built around 1500 at the expense of Alice Avening. Although there is no charge for entry and photography, it has been suggested that attendees might wish to make a voluntary contribution of £4 per person – the average donation currently made by visitors to the church.

12.30pm to 2pm

Independent lunch and travel to Chedworth.  Chedworth is about seven miles North-east of Cirencester.  From Cirencester, follow signs for A429 Stow.  In about six miles, turn left at ‘Roman Villa’ sign, bearing National Trust emblem.  The entrance charge for non-members of the National Trust £9.50.

Chedworth Roman Villa

The first villa was first established in the 2nd century A.D., with further developments in the following two centuries, culminating in a site that covered around 200 acres. A free guided tour of the site has been arranged to begin at 2.15 p.m., after which there will be ample time for independent exploration.

Walter Brooks
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