On the afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday I took a friend of mine for a ride and we explored a little valley off Lansdown above Bath. The road drops into the valley to the tiny church of St.Mary, Magdalene, Langridge. Although built long ago by the Normans, not many people know it is there nestling peacefully in isolation on the hillside with just a farm and its buildings for company. The Saxons and Romans had been here before and over the centuries the church has witnessed historic events. The battle of Lansdown was fiercely fought on the neighbouring hills in the Civil War. The parish's earliest mention is in the Domesday Book (1086).
View across the Valley
We then went to visit the church of St.Mary the Virgin at West Kington. To reach this church by road one has to travel through a large Horse Stud - access from the village is by a steep lane. The Church has a fine 13th Century West Tower, and some interesting windows.