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St. Bartholomew's Church, Thornley Village (Wolsingham) (Thornley)

St Bartholomew, Thornley (Wolsingham) 2000
St Bartholomew, Thornley (Wolsingham) 2000

St Bartholomew, Thornley (Wolsingham) 2000
St Bartholomew, Thornley (Wolsingham) 2000

St Bartholomew, Thornley (Wolsingham) 2003
St Bartholomew, Thornley (Wolsingham) 2003

Photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church 2016
Photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church 2016

Photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church gates 2016
Photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church gates 2016

Photograph of side of St. Bartholomew's Church 2016
Photograph of side of St. Bartholomew's Church 2016

Photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church entrance 2016
Photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church entrance 2016

Photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church windows 2016
Photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church windows 2016

Photograph of back of St. Bartholomew's Church 2016
Photograph of back of St. Bartholomew's Church 2016

Parish church. Nave c.1840; chancel later C19; tower 1891. Sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings; Welsh slate roofs with stone gable copings. 3-bay nave with south-west tower; 3-bay chancel. 4-centred-arched surround to tower door with linenfold panelling under stepped drip-string. Second stage has paired louvred belfry openings with Tudor heads in square surround. Diagonal buttresses; battlemented parapet on string with Tudor flowers and corner gargoyles; slender octagonal spire has paired louvred opening in lower part and iron cross finial. Sundial between nave lancets; lower chancel has 2-light Decorated windows in bays defined by buttresses, and diagonal east buttresses. 3-light Decorated east window. Roofs have block kneelers to copings; stone cross finials; west bellcote.

Interior: plaster; ashlar chancel arch; king post nave roof ceiled above collar beams; cusped scissor-truss chancel roof. Double-chamfered 2-centred chancel arch with filleted shafts and head-stopped drip mould. 3 steps up to chancel and one to sanctuary. Filleted east sill string forms reredos cornice; brass strip above has Gothic-lettered inscription commemorating Rev. J. Elliot, died 1855. Cusped 2-centred-arched aumbry and sedilia with ball-flower stopped drip moulds. Gothic-arcaded stone communion rail has Frosterley marble shafts. C17 Frosterley marble font, on water-leaf base, probably originally from Wolsingham parish church. Mid C19 glass in strong primary colours in west, east and some chancel windows. Known to contain an ornate wall-mounted war memorial plaque (1).

Reference number:D37124
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
First World War (1914 to 1918)
Second World War (1939 to 1945)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1233313



See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Thornley


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