St Mary’s has been at the heart of Bitton village for over a thousand years. Although most of the present church is Norman, some pre-conquest architecture is still visible. It is possible that there has been a place of worship on this site since Roman times when the Via Julia (now the A431) ran westwards from Bath through the village. Sections still remain of a huge stone Rood that once dominated the church and St Mary’s still holds a seventeenth century altar cloth given by Col John Seymour, later one of the first Governors of Maryland.
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St Mary’s Bells date from 1633 and are rung on most Sundays and for special occasions. Bitton is also famous the world over for its Ellacombe Chimes first installed by its vicar in the 1820s.