St John the Baptist


St John the Baptist is the parish church of the Leicestershire village of Cold Overton, a conservation village. It is an attractive medieval church, dating back to the 13th century, with some Early English architecture. The church has an excellent collection of stone carvings and grotesques. There are wall paintings in the south aisle, representing the death of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St John the Baptist, St Catherine and a Nativity scene. The church also has some very interesting stained glass windows.

The 1780s saw the last major structural change when the south aisle was extended to provide a family chapel and burial vault for the Frewin-Turner family who then lived at Cold Overton Hall.

St John the Baptist church requires urgent repairs to its tower. The lower portion of the spire, the top of the tower, bell chamber and porch have suffered structural movement and the project will stabilise these parts of the building. Work will also take place to deal with damp due to defective drains, gutters and chutes and mortars. The repair works will prevent further deterioration of the fabric of the building and safeguard its nationally important medieval wall paintings.

The church is also included in the Heritage Lottery Fund Bats in Churches project and solutions will be found to ensure their safety whilst also mitigating the impact of bats within the church

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