SU0826 : Church of St John the Baptist- plinth

taken 10 years ago, near to Stratford Tony, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Church of St John the Baptist- plinth
Church of St John the Baptist- plinth
Above the south door of the church is an empty plinth that would have held the figure of a saint or bishop, but now it holds the remains of a huge wasps' nest- obviously a nice sunny location for them. At the base is a grotesque head of what looks like a lion sticking its tongue out. To the right of the head is a carving of Oak leaves and acorns, to left are the leaves and berries of another tree (possibly a Cherry?).

The Church of St John the Baptist, Bishopstone is a Grade I listed ( LinkExternal link ), cruciform building, originally built in 1225 of rubble stone with flint and dressed limestone. During the 14th century it was extensively rebuilt in Chilmark stone. The first bell was installed in 1406 with two further bells added by 1553, these were replaced successively in 1583, 1587, and 1652. Pevsner in his "The Buildings of England: Wiltshire (1975)" records the building as "an important and large village church, a former living of the Bishops of Winchester". During the early Middle Ages the village had several small farmsteads, that were grouped around the church, but by the early 16th century they had been deserted, and Bishopstone (now called Manor) Farm, the church, and the Rectory house now stand isolated from the more populated part of the parish to the west.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 18 October, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 21 October, 2011
Geographical Context
Religious sites  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
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St John the Baptist 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 084 265 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:2.2733N 1:52.8772W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 084 265
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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