St Bartholemew's Church, Lower Sapey, Worcestershire

Address: Lower Sapey, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR6 6HE
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A Norman time capsule in a beautiful setting

A winding lane leads up to the humble but delightful church of St Bartholomew, which sits on a steep bank above a picturesque stream.

Its only companions are a scattering of stone and timber-framed 11th-century houses. The charm and interest of St Bartholomew’s lie in the fact that little has changed since it was built in Norman times.

It is very simple in form. The wonderful oak porch is weathered to a beautiful silver-grey and is covered by a great tangle of honeysuckle in summer.

This leads to a splendid door set within a fine Norman doorway. Inside, the church has a pleasing simplicity – a floor made of clay and gravel, a little west gallery and plain plastered walls that bear traces of wallpaintings from many centuries - you can just make out part of a lion, from a 17th century royal coat of arms. Other fragments date from the Middle Ages.

Most of the fittings were transferred when a new and more convenient parish church was built in Victorian times. St Bartholomew’s was neglected for more than a century after this, and was even used as a farm building!

Only in the last 20 years, thanks to efforts of local people, has it been rescued from oblivion. If you visit in the summer, when the countryside is at its most lush and a mass of honeysuckle hangs over the porch, it is a truly unforgettable experience.

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Road directions

16 miles north west of Worcester off B4204 in Clifton-upon-Teme, sigposted from Hope Lane; access off Hollybush Lane, which joins B4204 and B4203, and via Hope Lane for a couple of miles

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Worcester (10 miles)

OS Reference No.

SO 699 602

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

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  1. Anonymous (12 Oct 2011, 15:00)

    I visited this church today, 12 October 2011. The church is a gem. in a delightful spot.

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St Bartholemew's Church, Lower Sapey, Worcestershire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There is a steep grass path to the church unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.