BARFRESTON CHURCH*, before the repairs carried on in 1840, was in a
ruinous condition. The quoins were breaking away from the walls, and
numerous cracks, in different parts of the building, had reappeared
through the internal plastering and whitewash which had been renewed about
three years previously.
The North-east quoin of the nave was in an especially bad
state; and that part of the partition between the nave and chancel which
was attached to this quoin was greatly shattered and much out of an
upright. It was still gradually moving, although an iron tie had been
fixed across the East end of the nave, above the chancel arch, as a
security; and nave is 16 feet 8 inches; of chancel 13 feet 7 inches.
the chancel arch was very greatly distorted. An iron tie had also been
fixed across the inside of the East end of the chancel; but the failure in
that part was still increasing.
There was no tie beam to the roof of either the nave or
chancel, and both roofs seemed to have expanded, in some degree, and
thrust out the side walls. The foundations were firm; but all the walls
(except the Western, which, owing to the state of the weather, was not
plumbed) were found to be out of an upright.
The walls of the chancel, most especially the
* The total length within the walls is 43 feet 7 inches; of
which the chancel occupies 16 feet 7 inches. The width of