Bartlow. Known chiefly for its three enormous Roman Hills, and also the 11th cenutry church with 15th century wall paintings. Lovely.
So I grabbed a leaflet, and I'll stick up relevant photos. I have sort of done this for the above friend, since I thought he'd like it.
'The small village of Bartlow lies at the extreme south east of Cambridgeshire on the boarder with Essex. From the architecture of the Church, its Registers and records and from archaeological finds, it is possible to something about the people who lived there since earliest times.
(There are at least 3)
The Church standing today almost certainly replaced an earlier building. Lysons, in his Magna Britannia, states that Bartlow is the Church built by King Canute in 1020 A.D. in reparation for the blood spilled in the battle of Assandune (Ashdon) between the Saxons and the Danes. This is disputed by later authorities and Ashingdon in South Essex is most likely the site of the battle.
The present Church belongs, in the main, to the decorated period from about 1300 A.D. The North and South windows of the Chancel are of this period, as is the Nave whic hhas some perpendicular insertions. The East window is from about 1500 A.D and probably replaced smaller windows. The Round Tower is Norman and is a kind rare in Cambridgeshire. Its walls are about 5 feet thick at their bases. The porch is perpendicular; the common rail is 17th century and has notable balusters.
The Wall Paintings are of great interest and date from the 15th century.
St. Michael weighing the souls. The devil is seen trying to weigh the scales in his favour but is thwarted by Our Lady using her influence on the behalf of the sinner being judged.
St. Christopher. This is only the top half of a much larger picture. On his left shoulder is seen the Christ Child.
[An even clearer picture here - contributed by my grandmother using a tripod for height and a really swish video camera.]
Over the door is St. George and the Dragon. Only the dragon remains.
Stained Glass - the East window is by Clayton and Bell c.1881. There are traces of mediaeval canopy work in the North and South Chancel windows.
Registers dating back to 1573 are now in the care of the County Archivist, Shire Hall, Cambridge where they may be consulted.
Bartlow people have worshipped here for nearly 700 years under the protective gaze of St. Christopher, during which time many changes have occurred. When he was first painted the services were in Latin. He watched over the events of the Reformation which brought in Cranmer's Prayer; he saw the dread days of the Commonwealth and the over hasty destruction of much beauty. (On March 22nd 1643 one William Dowsing "brake down a crucifix and a holy lambe and about ten superstitious pictures", a fate shared by many other churches in East Anglia).
The Church is well cared for. In recent years the round tower has been re-pointed and re-roofed. Internal walls have been re-plastered and re-painted. That refurbishment led to the discovery of the stoop by the entrance which had been filled in during Cromwell's time and we have now restored it.
Our next challenge is to re-roof the north side of the Church where the clay tiles have finally given up the fight with decades of winter frosts, repair a collapsing stone buttress and replace the oak louvres in the bell tower.
The village has undertaken considerable fund raising and is now awaiting the outcome of a grant application to English Heritage. If we are successful, we hope that this major piece of work will be undertaken in 2008. (I don't know if it has)
If you would like to contribute to our fund for restoration, please place any donation in the box or send it to the Rector at Linton Vicarage, Church Lane, Linton, Cambridge CB1 6JX. Our sincere gratitude to anyone who has helped.'
I don't know whether or not they got English Heritage funding, unfortunately.
Here's information on the hills (unfortunately it would not all legibly fit on one photo):