This is the church’s legal name as given by the Church Commissioners.
A classification of the current status of the building
This is a unique identification number supplied to each church building by the Church Commissioners.
Name of diocese in which the church building is located at the time of entry.
Name of archdeaconry in which the church building is located at the time of entry
This is the legal name of the parish as given by the Church Commissioners.
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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.
Selecting a single date for the construction of a church building can sometimes be very difficult as most CoE buildings have seen many phases of development over time. The CHR allows you to record a time period rather than a specific date.
The CHR records the time period for the building’s predominant fabric as opposed to the date of the earliest fabric or the church’s foundation date.
If you notice any errors with the below outlines of your connected churchyards, please email email@example.com with the corrections needed.
This could include information on new churchyards, edits to the boundaries shown, or different land characteristics.
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.
The village of Hardmead is a scattered group of houses on an un-classified road off the main road between Newport Pagnell and Bedford. The church stands in a pleasant wooded churchyard bounded on one side by a large stream.
Provide as written description of the ground plan of the church building and well as its dimensions.
Nave and aisles, chancel, south porch and west tower.
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 tower is of mid-15th century date, the south aisle and arcade of the late 13th century, the north aisle and arcade of the early 14th. There were a number of Victorian restorations. The Ecclesiastical Topography of 1850 describes the chancel as "modern". In 1861 the church was reopened after an economicalrestoration by David Brandon. The local architect, E. Swinfer Harris, is also said to have carried out some work in the church, but the nature of this work is not certain.
This field aims to record a written description of the exterior of the church building and the churchyard.
The church is built of rubble with leaded roof-coverings, except for the chancel which has a tiled roof. The plain battlemented west tower is of three stages. The belfry windows are of two lights with a polygonal shaft between, and a trefoil in plate tracery. A slight set-off above the windows of the bell chamber shows that the tower was slightly heightened when the embattled parapet was added in the 15th century. The nave clerestory, which also has an embattled parapet, was added at the same time. The late 14th century south porch has a continuously moulded outer entrance and is lighted from each side wall by a window of two trefoiled lights with quatrefoiltracery in a two-centred head. Evidence of the existence of a church here in the 12th century is given by fragments of a font of that date fixed in the wall on either side of the south doorway.
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 nave arcade is of two bays with two-centred arches of two. chamfered orders supportedby a central pier of quatrefoil plan with responds. The north and south arcades are of the same pattern, though of different dates. Above the east, respond of the south arcade is the upper doorway of the rood stairs, the lower door is now blocked. In the east wall of the north aisle is an early 14th century window of two trefoiled lights with quatrefoil tracery in a two-centred head. The two windows of the north wall are insertions of about 1400: both are of two lights, but the western window is smaller than the eastern and the lights have ogee, not trefoil, heads. There is a blocked north doorway in this wall dating from c1420. The windows of the south aisle, which have escaped renewal, are of the early 15th century. At the south-east is a 14th century piscina with a basin of sexfoil form, the projecting portion of which has been cut away. The roofs of the nave, south aisle and chancel are modern, with some old timber re-used, but the roof of the north aisle is of late 15th century date; it is of the lean-to type, and is supported by principals alternately straight and cambered, having carved bosses at their intersections with the purlins. The 14th century chancel arch is two-centred and of two chamfered orders dying into the side walls. The east window has relatively modern three-light tracery, though some of the old stones have been used in the rear— arch. There are two windows in each side wall; the eastern windows have been almost entirely renewed, but those at the west end are substantially original. Each is of two trefoiled lights with leaf tracery in the head, the design of the tracery being very similar to that of the south aisle windows of the church at Haversham, Bucks. Between the windows of the south wall is a restored 14th century doorway.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Tell us the story of this building through the lives of those who experienced it. Tell us why this church is important to you and your community.
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