FECKENHAM, WORCESTERSHIRE. SP009616, http://www.feckenhamchurch.org.uk/welcome

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

Church of England.  Grade 2*. Decorated and Perpendicular styles.

The Square, Feckenham, Worcestershire  B96 6HR

 

This beautiful church, lying at the heart of the vibrant and historic village of Feckenham, is easily found just off the Village Square, behind Chestnut House and the Old Vicarage. It is set in a peaceful churchyard containing a C15th Cross, a War Memorial by the Bromsgrove Guild and the grave of a Gypsy Queen. 


It was built in the 12 century, extended in C13 and altered in C15. The chancel was rebuilt in 1853 by Butterfield; restored 1866-7 by Day of Worcester. 

 

Although much renewed in the C19th the medieval character of the interior has been maintained with fine C11th North Aisle Arcade.  For much more detail visit

 http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-156621-church-of-st-john-the-baptist-feckenham

 'Churches of Worcestershire' by Tim Bridges published Logaston Press 2005.

'The Buildings of England Worcestershire' Brooks & Pevsner 2007.

 

Look for:

 

  • The arcade of four pointed arches along north aisle.  This is the earliest medieval work inside church dated 1240-50. Striking and unusual patterns painted on arches restored in 1903 by two lady  parishioners.
  • Charity boards on each side of tower and over south door. Record of charitable benefactions over centuries including from John of Feckenham (the village’s most famous son) and King Charles I.
  • Large painted Royal Arms on north wall of chancel. George I (or II or III)
  • The north aisle. Dates from 15th century having replaced a 13th century arcade. Two particularly fine windows with concave-moulded surrounds and Tudor roof.
  • The east window of the north aisle. The crucifixion scene with interesting references to King Charles I, John of Feckenham and Lady Jane Grey, “the ten days’ Queen”.
  • The table at the east end of the north aisle, used as an altar. From the Bluecoat School. The reredos of the altar carries the coats of arms of the Lords of the Manor of Feckenham. These include Queen Elizabeth I & Geoffrey Chaucer.
  • Old Font Cover. Probably the work of the Bromsgrove Guild

LOCATION AND TRAVEL 

Feckenham is 7.5 miles east of Droitwich on B4090. In Feckenham turn left at Lygon Arms onto High Street. Church is accessed from The Square, 0.2 miles on left. Feckenham is best accessed by car. Free car park behind Village Hall, High Street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

158 connects Redditch with Wych Way Inn (J5 M5) on Mon, Weds, Fri. Stops outside church.

350 connects Redditch with Worcester Mon – Sat. Stops outside Feckenham Garage, ¼ mile from church.

354 connects Redditch with Holt Heath Mon – Fri Stops outside church.

See http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/bus/route-finder.aspx for timetables and routes

CHURCH SERVICES

Church web site  http://www.feckenhamchurch.org.uk/services

A Church near You  www.achurchnearyou.com/feckenham-st-john-the-baptist

SUNDAY SCHOOL takes place in the Church Rooms at 11-00am for children aged from 4yrs upwards.

ADDITIONAL OPENING TIMES AND ARRANGEMENTS

The church is open during daylight hours.

LOCAL CONTACT Churchwarden: Ann Matthews. Tel:  01527 892180.   EMAIL   ann@the-madison-group.co.uk

FACILITIES

Disabled access, Induction Loop, Postcards, Toilets, Guide book.


FACILITIES FOR GROUPS

Refrshments.   Groups of up to 40. Contact Churchwarden: Ann Matthews (ann@the-madison-group.co.uk)

FACILITIES FOR THOSE RESEARCHING FAMILY OR LOCAL HISTORY

On request from Churchwarden

FACILITIES FOR THOSE SEEKING SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT

The church is open daily for prayer and quiet contemplation

CHURCH RECORDS -indicate where and how your church records can be accessed,

Please contact Churchwarden

ABOUT FECKENHAM

The picturesque Parish of Feckenham located just south of Birmingham, is the sort of traditional English countryside hamlet that you’ll find in a picture book.

 In the Village itself, there is a village green, two busy family-run pubs and two active parish churches.

 

The village has its own first school, and the local secondary is a short distance away in the village of Astwood Bank. The recently refurbished Village Hall hosts a wide variety of social and community events and is in constant use by the parishoners.

 

The local community is very active and has a lively calendar of events, including cricket matches most weekends in the summer and football during the winter months.

 

The surrounding countryside is an idyllic place to ramble and recharge the batteries. There is even a nature reserve at nearby Wylde Moor, where you can see a glorious selection of wild flowers, insects and birds.

 

Redditch town centre is only about six miles away, providing a wide selection of indoor and outdoor leisure activities including, theatres, pubs, restaurants and an excellent selection of local shopping.

 

Within easy reach of the Parish are the following villages and towns:

Alcester, Astwood Bank, Hanbury, Bradley Green, Redditch, Droitwich, Studley, Sambourne and many more.

 

The Parish enjoys easy access to both the M5 and M42 motorways and is easily navigated due to the fast flowing dual carriageway system in nearby Redditch.

 

All in all, Feckenham Parish is a great place to be…..

 

IN THE LOCAL AREA

 

Open churches 

St Mary the Virgin, Hanbury; St Mary Magdalene, Himbleton; St John the Baptist, Crowle

Village shop. General store and coffee shop. Local produce. On B4090 opposite turning into High Street. http://www.feckenhamshop.co.uk/ 

(The Village shop  community shop & coffee shop run by an enthusiastic and committed group of volunteers who provide a warm welcome and a friendly, personal service)

Petrol  2.4 miles at Evesham Road, Astwood Bank, via Astwood Lane.

Places to eat and drink

Rose & Crown pub, opposite church. Good food and beer. Beer garden at rear. http://www.roseandcrownfeckenham.co.uk/

Nevill Arms pub, New End. 2.5 miles along B4090 towards Alcester
http://www.thenevillarms.co.uk/

Places to stay

The Steps B&B, 6 High Street. http://www.thesteps.co.uk/

Honeysuckle House B&B http://www.hotelsandguesthouses.net/500439

King’s Court Hotel, Coughton  http://www.kingscourthotel.co.uk/

 

THINGS TO DO AROUND HERE  

Feckenham Wylde Moor -  A wetland reserve with a high diversity of wildflowers, wetland birds & insects such as dragonflies.
http://www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/reserves/feckenham-wylde-moor

Coughton Court, National Trust  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coughton-court/

Hanbury Hall,  National Trust  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanbury-hall/

Jinney Ring Craft Centre  http://www.jinneyring.co.uk/

Ragley Hall  http://www.ragleyhall.com/