St. Nicholas at Berwick Bassett is now a 'redundant church' and cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust
he small village of Berwick Bassett lies a few miles from Avebury. We were fortunate to find the church as it is well hidden from the visitor! A villager spotted we were 'lost' and gave us directions; he pointed to a signpost for the church, but it was obscured by hedging so we had missed it. The only way to approach the church is via a footpath, which was very overgrown with nettles and other plants. However, the path was only a hundred metres or so long, and we soon emerged through the kissing-gate into the churchyard.
Despite being redundant, the condition of the building was in good repair - no leaking roof or broken windows, although inside was looking rather sorry for itself. We photographed all the gravestones that are still readable.
When we visited back in 2001 we only had a stills camera and a video camera that we could capture shots with. Due to the cost of developing and printing we only took a few shots with the stills camera and did not the depth of detail we take now when we visit somewhere, and the rest were taken with the video camera. It is great to have photographed all the readable gravestones and memorials with the video but they are of very poor quality. We do keep saying on our pages we intend to return to a place and re-take these poor quality photographs and we do mean to but it is difficult finding the time.
The church of St. Nicholas is a Grade II* listed building - more information about the listing can be found at the Historic England
More information about Berwick Bassett can be found at the excellent Wiltshire Online Parish Clerks