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The decision to put a church building on the National Heritage List for England and assign it a listing grade is made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The decision is normally based on recommendations made by Historic England, the government’s adviser on the historic environment.
The decision to schedule a feature (building, monument, archaeological remains, etc.) located within the church building’s precinct or churchyard is made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The decision is based on recommendations made by Historic England, the government’s adviser on cultural heritage.
National Parks are areas of countryside that include villages and towns, which are protected because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage. In England, National Parks are designated by Natural England, the government’s advisor on the natural environment.
Conservation areas are places of special architectural or historic interest where it is desirable to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of such areas. Conservation Areas are designated by the Local Council.
The Heritage at Risk programme is run and managed by Historic England, the government’s advisor on cultural heritage. It aims to protect and manage the historic environment, so that the number of ‘at risk’ historic places and sites across England are reduced.
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2011, April 06
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We are working on adding the consecrated land found within local authority cemeteries, and in time, this data will be shown on the map.
This field describes the setting of the church building, i.e. the surroundings in which the church building is experienced, and whether or not it makes a positive or negative contribution to the significance of the building.
A very remote small medieval chapel-of-ease located on a slope in a field above the site of the deserted medieval village of Ballidon, in lightly populated countryside just within the south-eastern edge of the Peak District National Park. The few farmhouses which now comprise Ballidon are a short distance to the north at the end of a road which now mainly serves a quarry, just out of sight from the church over a hill behind the hamlet.
.The tiny churchyard is contained by a low coped and stepped stone wall with two iron gates opposite each other at the south ends of the east and west walls; the east gate has stone gate posts with decorative mouldings.
Provide as written description of the ground plan of the church building and well as its dimensions.
West belcote, 2-bay nave, 2-bay chancel, south-west porch and north-east organ chamber/vestry.
Nave 9m (30ft) by 5.5m (17’6ft).
Very Large (>1000m2)
This field aims to record the archaeological potential of the wider area around the building and churchyard, as well as the history of site.
The chapel was probably founded in the 12th century, though an earlier church building on the site cannot be discounted; Ballidon is mentioned in Domesday, but also in a charter of King Edgar in 963. The chapel is first mentioned as a chapel-of-ease to the mother church at Bradbourne in 1205, which at this date was given to the Priory at Dunstable. The village shrunk to the present hamlet to the north of the church in the post-medieval period.
The building was altered, partly rebuilt and restored on several occasions, so much so that the church is now an intriguing patchwork. Its antiquity is revealed by a number of external and internal features, the latter more obvious. The inner south doorway is 12th century, as is the blocked doorway on the north side. There would appear to have been a campaign of work in the late 14th century, as some of the nave and chancel windows are of this date, and possibly the chancel roof, though this may be somewhat later. The font may also be roughly of this date, although this unusual piece is difficult to date, see below. This is one of several puzzles, which only a detailed survey of the building and site could solve.
There were restorations in 1822 when the nave roof was perhaps replaced, plaster ceilings were inserted and the walls plastered, apparently over what might have been post-Reformation texts. It was restored again in 1882, the latter doubtless responsible for the sandstone facing of the west end and the belcote, and the porch. The ceilings and wall plaster were removed back to the stone. The chancel arch and south doorway were restored, the former completely replaced. The furnishings and fittings look to be mostly early 20th century.
The chapel and the surrounding area to the north and west comprise an important archaeological site dating from the Early-Late Medieval period, including the deserted medieval village.
This field aims to record a written description of the exterior of the church building and the churchyard.
This is a compact and attractive church, its muted speckled stonework very much a part of the surrounding landscape. A little vertical emphasis is given by the gabled belcote in the plain west façade, which is of faced and squared masonry pierced by a single lancet and a plain square opening in the gable head. The church has coped gables throughout, the chancel gable has a ball finial but the gable finials from the belcote, porch and chancel have gone.
The south porch looks very fresh, probably an addition of 1882. The external doorway has a plain chamfered round-headed arch. The inner entrance has chamfered jambs and a plain chamfered round-arched head, replaced on the outside but incorporating the original stones on the inside. There are stone benches and a stoup on the east side of the doorway. The plank door has scrolling ironwork. The blocked doorway opposite is simple, round-headed; it is not visible on the inside.
There is one square-headed 2-light window in the nave and chancel south wall with Perpendicular tracery and labels which look as though they might be original, though perhaps reinserted after the Victorian reconstruction. There is also a small low-side window in the west bay of the chancel. The east window is a 2-light with a quatrefoil in the head which looks like a Victorian replacement, as does the small quatrefoil opening in the gable. The vestry has a small arch-headed window in its south wall and a plain stack.
This field is an index of the building and its major components
This field is an index of the building’s material composition
This field aims to record a written description of the interior of the church building.
The interior is very simple and quite atmospheric in the hazy natural light allowed in by the pastel coloured window glass, the stone walls exposed, the light stained furniture muted; only the red carpet jars. The extraordinary font just inside the door is undoubtedly the highlight, richly carved with figures. Looking above this there is a square fireplace set half way up into the west wall near the south-west corner, which clearly served a room at this level, perhaps for the priest to stay in when he visited this remote chapel. The nave softwood roof has tie beams and arch braces, it has clearly been replaced, probably in 1882. The chancel however has what appears to be a medieval or early post-medieval roof, partly restored, which might repay closer attention.
The nave is fully pewed with open-backed benches. The chancel arch is round-headed and plain with simple imposts, there is a low stone screen with a simple moulded top projecting at the base. There is a stone Lady altar table set on miniature stone columns against the north side of the chancel arch. There are Commandment Boards each side of the chancel arch and also flanking the chancel east window, tile tablets attached to wooden boards.
The floor has red carpet over stone flags and decorative tiles in the chancel. The organ pipes dominate the north side of the chancel, a small passageway behind the organ allows access to a tiny cupboard-like space for a vestry, which even has a small fireplace, presumably pre-dating the insertion of the organ. Oak panelling under the stained glass window provides for a dignified focus at the east end.
This field is an index of the building’s internal, architectural components. This includes its internal spaces and those areas’ fixtures and fittings (building components which are securely fixed to the church or cathedral).
This field is an index of the building’s movable, non-fixed furnishings and artworks.
This field aims to record a description of the ecology of the churchyard and surrounding setting.
The everyday wildlife of burial grounds means much to those who visit and cherish them but many burial grounds are so rich in wildlife that they should be designated and specially protected. Few have the legal protection of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or, in the case of local authority owned cemeteries, Local Nature Reserve. This makes it even more important that they are cared for and protected by the people looking after them.
Many have a non-statutory designation as a recognition of their importance. These non-statutory designations have a variety of names in different regions including Local Wildlife Site, County Wildlife Site, Site of Importance for Nature Conservation or Site of Nature Conservation Importance (Local Wildlife Site is the most common name). Their selection is based on records of the most important, distinctive and threatened species and habitats within a national, regional and local context. This makes them some of our most valuable wildlife areas.
For example, many burial grounds which are designated as Local Wildlife Sites contain species-rich meadow, rich in wildflowers, native grasses and grassland fungi managed by only occasional mowing plus raking. When this is the case, many animals may be present too, insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. This type of grassland was once widespread and has been almost entirely lost from the UK with approximately 3% remaining, so burial grounds with species-rich meadow managed in this way are extremely important for wildlife.
These designations should be considered when planning management or change.
If you think that this or any other burial ground should be designated please contact Caring for God’s Acre (email@example.com) to discuss. Many eligible sites have not yet received a designation and can be surveyed and then submitted for consideration.
There are no SSSIs within the curtilage of this Friendless Church.
There are no Local nature reserves within the curtilage of this Friendless Church.
There are no Local Wildlife sites within the curtilage of this Friendless Church.
This field aims to record any evidence of the presence of bats in the church building or churchyard.
This field records basic information about the presence of a churchyard and its use as a burial ground.
There are no Listed Buildings within the curtilage of this Friendless Church.
There are no Scheduled Monuments within the curtilage of this Friendless Church.
Churchyards are home to fantastic trees, in particular ancient and veteran trees which can be the oldest indication of a sacred space and be features of extraordinary individuality. The UK holds a globally important population of ancient and veteran yew trees of which three-quarters are found in the churchyards of England and Wales.
There are more than 1,000 ancient and veteran yews aged at least 500 years in these churchyards.
To put this in context, the only other part of western Europe with a known significant yew population is Normandy in northern France, where more than 100 ancient or veteran churchyard yews have been recorded.
Burial grounds may contain veteran and ancient trees of other species such as sweet chestnut or small-leaved lime which, whilst maybe not so old as the yews, are still important for wildlife and may be home to many other species.
Specialist advice is needed when managing these wonderful trees. For more information or to seek advice please contact Caring for God’s Acre, The Ancient Yew Group and The Woodland Trust.
If you know of an ancient or veteran tree in a burial ground that is not listed here please contact Caring for God’s Acre.
There are currently no Ancient, Veteran or Notable trees connected to this Friendless Church
This field is an index of the churchyard’s components.
Significance is the whole set of reasons why people value a church, whether as a place for worship and mission, as an historic building that is part of the national heritage, as a focus for the local community, as a familiar landmark or for any other reasons.
The church was the centre of many people’s lives and remains a guide to their cares and concerns. Glimpses into those lives have often come down to us in the stories we heard as children or old photographs discovered in tattered shoe boxes. Perhaps your ancestors even made it into local legend following some fantastic event? You can choose to share those memories with others and record them for future generations on this Forum.
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