Hymn Tune Journeys – Down Ampney

The famous Pentecost hymn “Come down, O Love divine” is frequently sung to the tune Down Ampney written by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1906. Named after the Cotswold village where he was born in 1872, Down Ampney is also home to All Saints’ Church where his father, Arthur, was vicar and where Ralph was baptized. The church was built in the 13th-century and is situated on the edge of the village in a very bucolic setting. The Old Vicarage where Ralph was born on 12 October is located in the village proper and is now a private home.

The Lychgate
All Saints’ Church
Nave and Rood Screen
Quire and Altar
The organ built in 1874 by J.W. Walker, rebuilt in 1974 by J.W. Walker & Sons Ltd
View of the Nave from the Quire
The font where Ralph Vaughan Williams was baptized.
The fear of many a vicar, I would imagine!
A small part of the informative display in the back of the church.
The Old Vicarage where Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872.

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