Newton Blossomville, St Nicholas
The charming and unpretentious Grade II* medieval parish church of St Nicholas was restored in 1862.
The oldest part of the building is the nave, which dates from the C11th. A chancel built at the time was rebuilt in the C13th and enlarged to its present form in the C14th. The North Chapel is C13th, and the porch and tower were added in the C15th. The window at the east end of the north aisle contains fragments of ruby, gold and white early C14th glass.
The distinctive C14th tower has three stages with angle buttresses and an octagonal stair turret on the south side with a battlemented parapet.
There is a small but beautiful pipe organ, said to be by J. Walker, and an elegant early Georgian oak pulpit.
A painted hatchment on the north wall of the North Chapel commemorates a former squire and his lady, William and Fanny Farrer, both of whom died in the 1870s.
St Nicholas is home to a colony of pipistrelle bats that historically roost in the North Chapel, although numbers appear to have fallen in recent years.
There are droppings under the roost in the North Chapel, and urine staining on floor tiles and pews in the nave.
The church is working with the Bats in Churches project to engage the local community with its resident bats, through talks and bat walks, and to enhance a part of the church yard for wildlife,