Evesbatch: St Andrew, WR6 5BD
The parish of Evesbatch stands at the head of the valley of the river Leadon. The church is a small and very pretty of uncertain date but certainly restored in 1877. The stone font is Norman, twelfth century with an exceptional Jacobean cover. The east window is one of the special treasures of this tiny church. It is an early work of C.E.Kempe, the most famous late Victorian stained glass designer. The three bells were restored to working order in 2001 when restoration work was carried out on the wooden turret.
Evesbatch is the smallest parish in the Frome Valley group set beside a most impressive manor house. We have approximately 19 households and population of about 50. The community was once agricultural; but today, the majority of workers commute to nearbytowns and cities. The regular congregation is small (all adult) but, as is usual in rural communities, the church receives much support from the non-church attending community.
Although the attendance at our once-a-month BCP communion service is fairly low, the church can be packed at major festivals including Harvest and Christmas. Much of our effort is devoted to maintaining our church and our well-kept churchyard. St.Andrew’s dates back to the 1300s, though it was extensively restored in 1877. The church is small, having seating for just 50 people, but its history and charm make up for its size.
The church has received funds from HRH Prince of Wales in the past and the building has some important features. The East Window commemorates the Revd Richard Seddon, the rector who instigated the restoration of the church. The window is an early work of the famous Victorian stained glass designer C.E.Kemp. On the west wall are two fine monuments from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We are currently raising money for their extensive restoration.
When Sir Stephen Glynne visited Evesbatch in 1873 he stated that the church "has a neglected look"! Fortunately the Victorians saw fit to put this right as within four years the church had been largely rebuilt in the attractive form we see today.
Only one medieval window remains but there are some ancient bench ends and the simple Norman font boasts an exceptional Jacobean cover. The photograph here shows the monument to Margaret Dobyns.
BCP Holy Communion