Church Recording at St. Mary’s Bathwick.
Although a medieval church had stood on the site, with William Pulteney's purchase of the Manor of Bathwick estate in 1727, the Pulteneys wished to relieve themselves of what was by then a small ruin. By 1814, the new parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Bathwick at the base of Bathwick Hill was completed. The designer of that church, John Pinch the Elder, was shortly employed by the Pulteney family to demolish the medieval Mary's, then called Bathwick Old Church, which he carried out in January 1818.
Church Recording has played an important and integral part of the Arts Society and following our successful completion of the recording of St Swithin’s Church Walcot, a new Church Recording Group was set up to record the artifacts and fabric of St Mary’s Church Bathwick Hill. An enthusiastic group of Arts Society Bath Members meet fortnightly on a Friday morning at the church.