SJ9422 : Church of the Holy Trinity, Berkswich/Baswich

taken 12 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 south side of the church. Listed Grade II, the Listing describes them as follows:

“Group of 3 Ward memorials approx. 5 metres south of Church of Holy Trinity. Chest tomb and 2 headstones: chest tomb to Abraham and Margaret Ward, d.1793 and 1798, and Elizabeth and John, d.1823 and 1824. Ashlar. Pointed arched panels to balusters, oval panels to sides and moulded cap. Headstone to Abraham Ward, d.1726; cartouche with inscription and cherub over. Similar headstone to left to Abraham Ward, d.1733.”

As far as I can make out, the last named is lying in the grass in front of the chest tomb.
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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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.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 18 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Period (from Tags)
18th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9439 2227 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.8777N 2:5.0787W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9439 2227
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Gravestones  Chest Tombs  Grade II Listed 

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