St Wilfrid’s Church – its secret past and hidden secrets

May 3, 2021

The Church of St Wilfrid in Barrow dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and has been a place of worship and community for over a thousand years.  Dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon Saint St. Wilfrid and gifted to the medieval Knights Hospitallers in 1165, our church building has changed little over time but it is full of […]

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The Font

April 28, 2021

A font is a receptacle used for baptism ceremonies. Fonts hold consecrated water used in the baptism of newcomers to the Christian church (usually infants), and are usually located at the west end of the church, often near the south door.   The font normally sits close to the entrance to the church so that children […]

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Evaluation of our Transformation project

April 10, 2021

Part of the process of undergoing a significant transformation is to evaluate whether or not it has achieved what it intended to do. The Project Team appointed an organisation to do this on our behalf – Andrew Meredith Associates.  During the building part of the project, collection of information is relatively easy to do; have […]

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Back to the future? Thoughts behind the Transformation

April 10, 2021

In 2014 it was obvious to the Parochial Church Council that the future for the church was in the balance financially. Congregations were reducing in size, but expenditure on insurance and running costs was increasing. We decided to take the building “back to the future” – to make it what it once was in Anglo-Saxon […]

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St Wilfrid’s church – a high position in the Trent Valley

April 10, 2021

In Anglo-Saxon times, churches were situated on a prominence that made the building visible from a distance away. St Wilfrid’s church sits on a knoll above the Trent valley, not only as a place of prominence, but also to keep the building above the flood waters that inundate Church Lane each year. Each entrance to […]

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Car parking

March 16, 2021

Like most rural churches, St Wilfrid’s is not equipped with a car park.  Although there is limited car parking on the verge to the south of the church, the preferred parking place is the Village Car Park on Twyford Road. This main car park is located at the west end of the main road through […]

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