St John the Baptist Church in Adel is described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as 'one of the best and most complete Norman village churches in Yorkshire'. We have been working with this Grade I listed building for almost ten years.
The original church was built in the 1100s and the magnificent gabled portal with its rich chevron and beakhead carvings dates back to this time. The door has a thirteenth century bronze closing ring which depicts a monster swallowing a man - the quality of which competes with the one at Durham Cathedral.
The interior retains much of its Norman character. It was altered in the sixteenth century and has nineteenth century restorations. It retains its chancel arch of about 1160 with two orders of chevron, beakhead and rectangular details. There are carved capitals depicting the Crucifixion, the Sacraments and a soul ascending to Heaven.
From our Quinquennial Inspections, we have reconstructed the Belcote tower and are now introducing ways of lowering the water table to safeguard the basement and vestry wing. In 2013 a completely new LED pendant lighting scheme was installed under the guidance of Light Perceptions, the highly acclaimed specialist lighting designers.
Our involvement has also included working on the adjacent Grade II listed Stables which form the Parish Rooms.
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