St John the Baptist’s Church, Barnack

Barnack Church is noted for its superb Anglo-Saxon tower with its transennae. A spire was added to the tower in circa 1200, possibly one of the earliest spires in England.

In the north aisle there is a fine sculpture of Christ in Majesty which was found under the floor of the church in 1931. Opinions of its age vary from later tenth century to c. 1200.

Simon Jenkins gives the church four stars in his England’s Thousand Best Churches (1999) and highlights as features the tower, the stiff-leaf font and the Christ in Majesty.

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