Heritage Open Days at St Laurence Church Measham in September

Heritage Open Days in September

at St Laurence Church Measham

                                                                    

A substantial HLF restoration project was finished in spring 2019. Come and enjoy the wonderful stained glass, which makes this building so beautiful. In addition, come and learn something of people from Measham's past.

The church dates back to about 1300s. The church was re-roofed in the 15th Century, at the same time raising the walls and providing the upper windows. This was also when the pillars were incorporated to support the new roof. There are carved corbel stones, one supposedly playing the bagpipes. Most of the current interior dates from the Victorian era but it would have looked very different before that time. The pews and gallery, for example date from 1842 and it was claimed that over 600 people could be seated.
We have windows designed by Francis Skeat dating to the 1960s, as well as Victorian glass and medieval glass. The glass is stunning since the restoration project. The Tower and the Bells: there would probably have been a tower in the original 14th Century building. What we do know is that in 1733, the tower collapsed causing considerable damage to the body of the church itself. Pinnacles were added to the tower in 1855. There are 8 bells in the tower, rung regularly for services, weddings and on other occasions. It was a little over 100 years ago that the final 2 bells were added to make 8. Each bell has its own inscription, either a religious phrase or a reference to the donor or the founder. The oldest bell is the tenor bell, thought to date from around the 1300s. The porch is of unique design with its roof ribs thought to represent the gridiron on which St Laurence was martyred.

Opening Times

Thursday 12th September and Friday 13th September - open from 9.30am until 4pm

Saturday 14 September: Tours at 1000 and 1400 (church open from 9.30 am until 4pm)

Sunday 15 th September - church open from 10.45 am until 4pm