Church Monuments Society

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Saint Wilfrids, Church Lane
Barrow upon Trent, DE73 7HB

At long last the Church Monuments Society are able to offer you the chance to visit a church and see a monument in the flesh!

Barrow-upon-Trent church (South Derbyshire) will be open on August 6th at 2pm, for us to view and learn about recent conservation work to the alabaster effigy of a priest at St Wilfrids. Sally Badham identified this as an important early alabaster effigy, possibly depicting John de Belton (late 1340s-50s), which would make it the oldest known alabaster of a priest.

There will be a talk about the recent restoration of the monument by Skillington Workshop Ltd. The effigy was brought to light during recent reordering works within the church, providing an opportunity to study, repair and conserve the monument. During cleaning its rare traces of painting and gilding were revealed, some showing patterns. The pigments were analysed by Crick-Smith.

Join us to find out more and to see this fascinating monument!

Important information:

Booking is essential (one ticket for each person), and there will be a £5 per head donation required on the day, towards the Church. A list of other churches to visit nearby will be available on the day. For booking information go to

Homemade cakes and coffee and tea will be offered.

Face coverings will be required and all current UK Government guidelines around Covid-19 must be followed.

Please cancel your place if you can no longer attend. This is small-scale event so if anybody who cannot attend can free up a place for somebody else, we would appreciate you doing that.

We look forward to seeing you!