Holy Martyrs


The hilltop site may have an Early Christian history, perhaps reflected in the two incised Early Christian stones from elsewhere in the parish now standing in the porch. The present church dates from 1868, replacing a mediaeval church. It was designed by R K Penson: while he was a highly regarded church architect, like many of his peers at that time, he was not noted as a conservationist. It is therefore likely that little mediaeval work was re-incorporated. However, work by Penson is today considered of significance, as the achievements of Victorian architecture increasingly gain the attention and re-evaluation they deserve. Urgent repairs were identifed in 2013 and the grant awarded was for a comprehensive programme of repairs including roof, floor, ceiling and stonework repairs.

Top tips from feedback:

- Have a good, qualified specialist church architect [conservation accredited]. Make sure they communicate with you every step of the way.

- Have a project plan with a timeline and have regular meetings with the builder, architect and your Treasurer!

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