Church of All Saints, Billesley
The Church of All Saints which was originally built during the Medieval period. The church was largely rebuilt during the Post Medieval period. It is situated 100m north east of Billesley Hall.
1 A rectangular structure [ie nave], 9.3m by 4.1m inside, with a round apse, a S vestry, and W porch. Said to have been rebuilt by Bernard Whalley in 1692, but there is evidence of a C12 origin in the walling, with remains of later Medieval windows and a blocked C14 doorway in the N wall. Set in a blocked doorway in the W wall is a fragment of stone carved with a figure of Christ, probably C12. Vestry and porch of 1692. Wooden bellcote at W end of nave. The interior has no Medieval features. C17 woodwork.
2 Is the unexpected apse sign of a preceding Norman apse?
5 The church is now redundant. The interior is in a state of disrepair.
6During 1988 a fibre-opitic survey found a “sealed burial vault” underneath the chancel of the church, which appeared to contain 2 chests. Part of investigation described in 7.
7 Discussion as to whether or not William Shakespeare was married at this church. Findings were disappointing; no parish register for Billesley exists for the relevant period.
8 Record of trial pit dug in 1999.