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Archaeological Report

St Bartholomew's Church, Whittington

"Dr George Nash was commissioned to undertake an archaeological watching brief at the parish church of St Bartholomew’s Church, Whittington, Gloucestershire (Grid Ref: NGR SP 01320 20670) (Figure 1). The watching brief monitored the machine-excavation of six lengths of trenching within the churchyard (See Figure 2 - labelled Trenches 1 to 6). A further trench was excavated within the eastern section of the churchyard in order to accommodate a French drain. The trenches are for a drainage system designed to divert surface rainwater from the roof sections into a French drain (labelled Trench 7 in Figure 2.

St Bartholomew’s Church dates to the 12th century and is within an archaeological sensitive area with a Grade 1 Listed house to the west of the churchyard and several Scheduled Monuments to the east and south of the site (see Table 1). In addition, a group of five stone monuments and a preaching cross stand within the eastern section of the churchyard – all are Grade II listed structures. East of Whittington Court Lane are the subsurface remains of a DMV and the Roman Villa.

The groundworks phase, undertaken by Splitlath Building Conservation Ltd. included the excavation of a series of linear trenches which run parallel with the elevations of the church. The specification for the groundworks phase (as well as the conservation work on the roof sections) was supervised by Arnold Bartosch Ltd. (Contact: David Arnold)."

Please CLICK HERE to read the full report.

2017 Condition and Recommendation Report

The Three Effigies

St Bartholomew's Church, Whittington

Prepared by Sally Strachey Historic Conservation, commissioned by David Arnold of Arnold Bartosch Ltd on behalf of The PCC of St Bartholomew's Church, Whittington, Gloucestershire.  CLICK HERE to read this report.

The Executive Summary of this report is as follows:

"The current location of the three effigies at ground level in a damp environment has resulted in excessive levels of moisture with associated salts and biological growth over the carved surfaces. St Bartholomew’s church is currently undergoing a development stage plan following a grant from the HLF in March 2017. The scope of works is concentrating on a comprehensive programme of works to the roof, rainwater goods and drainage to improve the damp conditions of the church interior. However, the survey identified that in association with the overall improvements it is a matter of urgency to raise all three effigies off the ground and isolate them from the surrounding fabric. All three effigies would benefit from being raised off the floor to increase the air flow, reduce the risk of impact damage and increase visibility. It will be essential to insert a DPM beneath the new plinth to isolate the monument from the raised levels of moisture at floor level. The materials of the plinth need to be carefully considered in order to be compatible with the limestone effigies and the design must ensure that the effigies are represented with both authenticity and visual impact."

An evening of Christmas songs with

"The Commander in Chief"

A mixture of sacred and secular Christmas songs played by the fantastic Berit Hagen on Saturday 14th December at Whittington Church!

Berit Hagen is an internationally acclaimed artist known as "The Commander in Chief".  Berit is a bel-canto trained opera singer, a very versatile vocalist and guitarist and is equally at home performing heavy metal and classical repertoire.

The evening was part of Whittington Church's re-opening celebrations after the church's extensive roof repairs.

Follow the links below to watch Berit singing White Christmas on the evening, plus an additional sit down with our own Revd Colin Randall to discuss her faith! (links to You Tube).  

Whittington Church Fundraiser Christmas

"Hard Hat Tours" of restoration works for Village Fete

One of the attractions at this year's Village Fete was "Hard Hat Tours" of the church restoration works, kindly guided by Splitlath Building Conservation (https://www.splitlath.com/).  For a small donation visitors were kitted out and shown the ongoing roof works and the interior of the church.  It was an exciting opportunity for everyone to see what incredible progress Splitlath are making, (although a certain four legged visitor was decidedly underwhelmed and needed a snooze mid-tour!)

Andoversford children place time capsule in Church roof

Three children, Olly, Tyler and Lily, from Andoversford School visited the Roof Repair project at St Bartholomew’s Church, Whittington on Tuesday. They placed a time capsule in the roof which will be opened when the roof is next repaired many years in the future. The capsule contained photos of the children and other items they chose.

The children also learned about repairs to historic buildings including the need to look after any bats present. They loved going up the scaffolding and took a very keen interest in all that was going on which was explained by Splitlath Site Manager, Darron Price

 

July 2019

Whittington Show, Sept 2018

Whittington Show, Sept 2018

Jazz Evening with "Stolen Chocolates"

Weddings and Christenings