Refuse Collection for this week is Grey Bin

Glaston Church

There has probably been a church in our village for more than a thousand years but there has certainly been one here for 850 years. It is unusual as it has a central tower, something that suggests an earlier date. The original church was smaller than the present one. The nave and chancel were both enlarged around 1200 with a north aisle being added.

In common with many churches the chancel was again extended eastward in the14th century. There is evidence to suggest that it was the intention of the 14th century parishioners to follow this up by moving the central tower to the west and enlarging the nave but this did not happen. Glaston was left with a central tower, several feet narrower than a long chancel and a substantial north-west pillar between the nave and aisle.

In 1699 a gallery was inserted at the west end for singers. This was removed and the west end was completely rebuilt in the 1860s with the insertion of a gothic style window. Substantial rebuilding of the rest of the nave and the chancel took place at about the same time. Many windows were re-used but new tracery inserted in some and a new east window also inserted.

In 1699 a gallery was inserted at the west end for singers. This was removed and the west end was completely rebuilt in the 1860s with the insertion of a gothic style window. Substantial rebuilding of the rest of the nave and the chancel took place at about the same time. Many windows were re-used but new tracery inserted in some and a new east window also inserted.

We have 6 bells, the earliest dated 1598 giving the names of the Lord of the Manor and the curate at the time. An organ was installed in the north aisle in the early 20th century but frequently needed repair – it has not been used for 20yrs and has been replaced by a moveable modern electric organ and an electric piano.

Through all the ages this little church has been cared for by our small community, and it survives because of that care. In 2018 thieves stole lead from our roofs putting the future of the church in jeopardy. Once again the community have come together and are working hard to try and save the building.

(A detailed history and a guide for young people are available in the church which is normally open during daylight hours.)