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photoblog image St John the Baptist Church Bromsgrove2 of ?

St John the Baptist Church Bromsgrove2 of ?

Thechurch of ST. JOHN BAPTIST consists of chancel 40 ft. 6 in. by 32 ft. 3 in., north vestry, clearstoried nave 67 ft. 6 in. by 36 ft. 6 in., a north aisle 20 ft. 3 in. wide and a south aisle 20 ft. 9 in. wide, a south porch, and west tower 19 ft. 6 in. by 18 ft. These measurements are all internal.

The earliest church, of which there are remains in the south door and the eastern respond of the north arcade of the nave, was a late 12th-century cruciform aisleless building, having a chancel smaller than the present one.

In the middle of the 13th century the chancel was rebuilt, lengthened and widened on the south side, a 13th-century arch replacing the Norman one to the nave. The south aisle is also of this date, and it may be presumed that a narrow north aisle was added at this time.

The position of the piscina here may indicate that the old transept was retained and used as a chapel. There is no evidence of an early tower. In the 14th century the vestry was added to the chancel, and late in the same century the present west tower and spire were built. In the 15th century the north wall of the north aisle was probably rebuilt in line with the north wall of the transept, the west wall of which was then removed and windows were spaced along the wall, using up two 14th-century windows from the former aisle and perhaps the jambs of the north transept window. Later in the century the aisle was carried on by the side of the chancel as far as the vestry, though it is possible that a chapel already existed east of the transept at this point, before the east wall of the transept was removed.

During the 15th century a steep-pitched ceiling existed over the nave, but at the end of that century or the beginning of the next this was removed, the south arcade being rebuilt at the same time and a clearstory added.

In the south aisle the square projecting tomb recess was added to the south wall and a porch built to replace the earlier one. The church was thoroughly restored by Sir Gilbert Scott in 1858, and the upper part of the spire was rebuilt in 1892. 

 

Info from British history online  

St John the Baptist Church Bromsgrove2 of ?

Thechurch of ST. JOHN BAPTIST consists of chancel 40 ft. 6 in. by 32 ft. 3 in., north vestry, clearstoried nave 67 ft. 6 in. by 36 ft. 6 in., a north aisle 20 ft. 3 in. wide and a south aisle 20 ft. 9 in. wide, a south porch, and west tower 19 ft. 6 in. by 18 ft. These measurements are all internal.

The earliest church, of which there are remains in the south door and the eastern respond of the north arcade of the nave, was a late 12th-century cruciform aisleless building, having a chancel smaller than the present one.

In the middle of the 13th century the chancel was rebuilt, lengthened and widened on the south side, a 13th-century arch replacing the Norman one to the nave. The south aisle is also of this date, and it may be presumed that a narrow north aisle was added at this time.

The position of the piscina here may indicate that the old transept was retained and used as a chapel. There is no evidence of an early tower. In the 14th century the vestry was added to the chancel, and late in the same century the present west tower and spire were built. In the 15th century the north wall of the north aisle was probably rebuilt in line with the north wall of the transept, the west wall of which was then removed and windows were spaced along the wall, using up two 14th-century windows from the former aisle and perhaps the jambs of the north transept window. Later in the century the aisle was carried on by the side of the chancel as far as the vestry, though it is possible that a chapel already existed east of the transept at this point, before the east wall of the transept was removed.

During the 15th century a steep-pitched ceiling existed over the nave, but at the end of that century or the beginning of the next this was removed, the south arcade being rebuilt at the same time and a clearstory added.

In the south aisle the square projecting tomb recess was added to the south wall and a porch built to replace the earlier one. The church was thoroughly restored by Sir Gilbert Scott in 1858, and the upper part of the spire was rebuilt in 1892. 

 

Info from British history online  

comments (17)

This is such a great composition Bill...

the lady standing at one of
the head stones...

the way that four branches of the tree seem to frame the edge of the church at four places with an equal distance between them...
cool stuff....petersmile
Bill Phillips: That's no lady....that's my wife grin
Wow - that steeple is piercing to the sky! Nice POV, Bill!
Bill Phillips: I never knew that the whole thing is a steeple and the pointy bit is the spire. Thus all spires are part of steeples but not all steeples have spires. Spires first appeared in Norman times I believe.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Nov 2015, 02:44
Nice bunch of standing rocks in the grass around the building, Bill.
Bill Phillips: We call them gravestones Ray, presumably because they are serious
Quite impressive with all this graves around Bill!
Bill Phillips: It is indeed Richard
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Nov 2015, 06:14
This is a fine & noble composition. If you joined your local camera club I expect you could win a prize with it
Bill Phillips: I won a prize at the camera club one. Slide of the year. Had a trophy.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Nov 2015, 06:22
a very proud church and such a huge graveyard!
Bill Phillips: I was surprised by the size of both the church and the graveyard Philine
It looks like somewhere I'd love to visit, Bill!
Bill Phillips: I think you would enjoy it Ginnie
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston, Bath
  • 9 Nov 2015, 08:14
Quite a magnificent building, Bill - in fact Sir Gilbert Scott only seemed to work on previously good material
Bill Phillips: He wasn't daft
I like this Bill, the perspective is great, did you get down low to take it?
Bill Phillips: There was a dip
It is lovely with this composition showing the grounds with fallen leaves and green grass.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Mary the leaves do help
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Nov 2015, 10:32
Brilliant picture and I love seeing Ange in the picture (don't let her read your comment to Peter, you might be sleeping on the couch for a few nights grin...)
What a wonderful light.
Bill Phillips: It is the punch line to a very old joke

I say I say I say...Who was that lady I saw you with last night?

That was no lady that was my wife!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2015, 12:31
Now that's a delightful view. I like the lead-in with the path and the beech leaves scattered around.
Bill Phillips: Your comment is better than the picture
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Nov 2015, 14:55
Great capture, it looks and sounds from the information a very impressive building.
Bill Phillips: It is quite impressive Anne
The figure looks almost like a sculpture!
Bill Phillips: That's Ange!
Goes without saying I like this one Bill, plenty of space to make a good composition to show us this lovely old church.
Bill Phillips: You would enjoy this church Brian
beautifully rendered, Bill. that is some serious height over there.
Bill Phillips: It is quite a spire Ayush
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 9 Nov 2015, 20:57
Wonderful POV. You captured this well!

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