St Katharine, Little Bardfield, Essex

The tower of St Katharine is pre-Conquest, but the tower arch is 15th century and this where the graffiti within the church is located. Despite it’s early origins, the 19th century interior restoration was extensive and very little graffiti was left at the end of it.

While most of the graffiti is made up of names and initials there is an interesting set of concentric circles, some crosses, dot patterns, grid marks, merels and compass circles.

The names and initials have the earliest date of 1773.

Outside the north nave window has several worn names and initials.

St Katharine
Little Bardfield

Report by Anthea Hawdon

The church is usually open during daylight hours. There is a car park.

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