St. Bartholomew's, Blore

 Built around the year 1100, on the site of an earlier building,  St. Bartholomew's, Blore Ray sits high on a hill-side above the confluence of the Dove and Manifold rivers in one of the most beautiful parts of Staffordshire. Features from various architectural periods can be seen at Blore. Some Norman work survives in the nave, whilst the tower and chancel are14th Century. The arch leading into the tower is Early English and some of the windows date from the Geometric and Decorated periods. Tudor work is represented by the font, nave pews, chancel choirstalls and screen. There are Jacobean box pews, altar, communion rails, pulpit and reading desk.  The Bassett Monument sculptured in alabaster by Jasper Hollemans and erected between 1618 and 1640 A plaque under the monumnent reads: Here lyes courtier, soldier, handsome, good, witty, wise, valiant, and of pure blood, from Williwam's conquest and his potent sword in the same lyne many a noble lord, that time hath lost in paying this death and debt as this unparalelld William Bassett but thy high virtues with thy ancient name, shall ever swell ye cheekes of glorious fame. Follow this link to learn more about the Bassett family.   Post Code:  DE6 2BS