St Martin, Barcheston
St Martin Church in Barcheston is within the Archdeaconry of Warwick in the Diocese of Coventry.
St Martin’s church has its origins in the Dark Ages when it is reputed that Saint Augustine established one of England’s earliest Christian churches in Barcheston.
The oldest parts of the present building date from the end of the 12th century, with a Norman priest’s doorway showing the hand of Norman masons who spilled across England on the heels of William the Conqueror. Considerable rebuilding took place throughout the 13th century and the font, with its carved heads, purporting to be King Edward I and his queen Eleanor, dates from the early 14th century.
The church is noted for its leaning tower “the Pisa of Warwickshire”, which probably settled into its present position not long after the 13th century tower was rebuilt in the 15th century. We are assured by engineers that whilst it looks somewhat precarious, it is in fact relatively stable. The church was restored in the Victorian era and the pews date from this time.
|Rector||Revd Stuart Allen||01608 684207|
|Pioneer Minister||Revd. Ben Dyson|
|Church Warden||David Hodges||01608 664310|
|Church Warden||Peter Britton||01608 661268|