Half Term Update for April


Archaeologist’s Visit

We have had a survey of the church undertaken by the archaeologist Peter Ryder. We are still waiting for his final report but I am including here a few lines of his draft report

The young people of the village were fascinated by the visit of the archaeologist !

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Structural History

This is an intriguing building, and its development is not easy to reconstruct. Canon Cox, who has been followed by most subsequent writers, interpreted the following scenario:

Early 13th century; North arcade and the walls of both aisles as of the early 13th century.

c1300. Lower part of the tower together, three windows and doorway in north aisle.

c1320-1330. South arcade and south aisle windows, south porch, and east window of he north aisle.

‘Perpendicular’ (late 14th/15th century). Belfry, clerestory and the window and door on the south of the chancel.

Some other accounts have seen the nave being lengthened to the west in the 13th century.

As often with older church interpretations, there was a heavy reliance on stylistic dating of architectural features, and little observation of changes in fabric type. A longer and more complex chronology can now be tentatively offered:

He continues by giving a very thorough and detailed account of how he interprets the stones of the building, starting by saying that parts of the Nave are Anglo-Saxon. The report will be posted on the web as soon as it is finalised.


Additionally, we have received a further grant from Nottingham University to have the fields beside the Chapel – “ The Mere “ – surveyed. It is hoped that this will take place in June.

Open Day Barrow Village Hall 13 April 2013

We had a very successful Open Day on the 13th April in the Village Hall. This created a great deal of interest and was well attended. The History of the following areas of the parish was featured and there was general astonishment amongst team members as well as visitors regarding the amount of material that had been discovered already.



Anne Heathcote:           Church

Catherine Blackmore:    The Nook

Coleen March:               The Chapel

Dave Hately:                  Brookfield and Manor Croft

Duncan Hewitt:             Arleston and Web site

Glenis Palmer:                Manor House and Court

Helen Atkin:                   Youth Group; time capsule, leaflets and reception

Jill Scarfe:                      Buildings, Beaumonts and Barrow Hall

John Spencer:               The Cross



Kate Webberley
and Sarah Briggs:           People and School

Ken Atkin:                     The Grange, Fields and Farms

The all important refreshments were provided by Jean Croft with Jo Foster and Mandy Moss

A fuller report will be published at the end of the month



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