Church of St John the Evangelist, Elkstone facts for kids
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|Denomination||Church of England|
|Heritage designation||Grade I listed building|
|Designated||12 November 1958|
|Benefice||The Churn Valley|
The church nave, chancel and central tower was built in 1160. In the 13th century the tower was removed and the roof raised adding a columbarium or dovecote. A new three-stage tower was built in the 15th century.
The parish is part of the Churn Valley benefice within the Diocese of Gloucester.
In 2017 an "eco-loo" or composting toilet was installed and opened by the Bishop of Tewkesbury.
Some of the arches and vaults provide import remnants of Romanesque architecture. The south doorway of the nave has a Norman tympanum with a carving of a seated Christ on a cushioned throne, holding the Book of Judgement in his left hand and giving a blessing with his right. The chancel arch has a Norman chevron pattern.
The tower houses six bells with the oldest dating from 1657. Around the church are a collection of gargoyles and grotesques.
Inside the church are box pews and a wooden Jacobean hexagonal pulpit dating from 1609.
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