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Heath (Old) Parish Church.

Can be found at SK 46/56 452671.

View from the gate to the church.
Nearly a complete stone window mullion lies on the floor.
The entrance porch.
The chevrons carved into the pillar may be Norman in origin.
Entrance porch and stone seat.
The church yard with its stone memorials to its inhabitants.
The church is on the old road to Ramcroft colliery and has long been in disuse.
etc.

Photographs taken by me in January 2001.

It would appear that the church may have Norman connections. The date of the building of the church is unknown but it can be traced from at least 1307 and may be as old as the 12th century about 1161.

The new larger Parish Church which replaced this smaller one can be seen from the site. The new church was dedicated by the Bishop of Lichfield in July (18th) 1853. The old church being used as a mortuary chapel after that date.

The church yard is kept neat and tidy and the head stones that I saw date from the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

Church Gate 1909
Church, Porch and Gate.
Church 1934
North
South

Key to Drawing.
A. Windows on North side-square headed.
B. Pillars x3.
C. Seating below a loft.
D. Alter Table in Chancel.
E. Font.
F. Porch on South side-existing.
G. Two Square Headed Perpendicular windows.
H. Pointed window in South wall of Chancel.
J. Two decorated windows on East side.
K. Bell Tower.

NB In a Terrier of 1824 a North door is mentioned but there is no sight of this on the plan.

Many thanks to Alan Allsop. North Wingfield Local History Group.

The bottom left photograph is Copyright Pete Stoddart.
The bottom right photograph is Copyright unknown. Taken in 1935.

Thought you may like this photo I took back in the early 60's. It is the inside of the old church showing the old roof trusses from the Chancel .

MANY THANKS PETER.





neil@oldminer.co.uk
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