SJ9422 : Church of the Holy Trinity, Berkswich/Baswich

taken 7 months ago, near to Weeping Cross, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Church of the Holy Trinity, Berkswich/Baswich
Church of the Holy Trinity, Berkswich/Baswich
Memorials on the east side of the church. Listed Grade II, the Listing describes them as follows:

“Group of 6 chest tombs and 4 monuments in 4 rows. Limestone and slate. Row nearest church consists of 2 monuments flanking chest tomb: monument to Matthew Price, d.1835, square monument on moulded plinth with wide cornice with large urn, part missing; square panels with concave corners. Chest tomb, late C18, illegible, square angle balusters and 2 panels to each long side, bowed west end with fielded panel, cornice. Monument to members of the Seckerson family, d.1818-39 and 1877, stepped plinth on wide platform with spear-headed railings remaining to north, top entablature with missing finial; slate panels with concave corners, extra square panel to west side. 2nd row consists of 4 chest tombs: Chest tomb, early C19, square angle balusters and fielded panels, pyramidal cap; worn inscription. Chest tomb to John Lycett, and Catharine Box, d.1810, fluted angle balusters and fielded panels with concave angles. Low chest tomb to Mary Greenwood, d.1805, slab with moulded edges. Chest tomb to members of the Jackson family, d.1787-1817 and later, fluted angle balusters, oval and round panels; west end has 4 lines of verse. 3rd row consists of 2 monuments: monument to Rev. Thomas Greenwood, d.1829, plain plinth in railings with decorative heads, fielded panels and top entablature with broken-off urn, the pieces of which remain. Monument to William Payne, d.1839, plain plinth, recessed angles and entablature with remains of urn; fielded panels. 4th row consists of chest tomb to R Hazeldine, d.1861, which is not of special architectural interest.”

The last named is not visible in the picture, being under the trees. The nearest chest tomb is not included in the Listing.
Church of the Holy Trinity, Berkswich/Baswich
The parish, both ecclesiastical and civil, continues to use the alternative spelling of Berkswich, rather than Baswich, which is now the common name for the area.

The church has its origins in the 12th century, but the earliest surviving element is the 13th century chancel arch. The lower part of the tower is 15th century, but the church was largely rebuilt in 1740 when nave, chancel and upper stage of tower were built. This rebuilding, in brick with ashlar dressings, give the church its largely Georgian character. Transepts to the chancel, in matching brick on a stone plinth, were added in 1968.

Interior elements from the 18th century rebuilding include a gallery at the west end, altar rails and three decker pulpit.

The church is Listed Grade II*.

The churchyard includes a significant number of interesting 18th and early 19th century monuments which are Listed Grade II.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 18 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Period (from Tags)
Late 18th Century  Early 19th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9441 2228 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.8831N 2:5.0609W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9439 2228
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Monument  Chest Tombs  Grade II Listed 

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