Brisley is a large church tucked away in a relatively small village between Dereham and Fakenham.
The highlights of this lovely church include a range of wall paintings, including St Andrew, and angel, a consecration cross and two St Christophers. There is good evidence that even more of these paintings survive under the whitewash.
There are some carved bench ends, including a dog carrying a stolen goose, and a beautiful brass depicting a priest. Tucked away in the chancel is a door to a tiny underground room, originally a crypt, but also used to house prisoners being transported from King's Lynn to Norwich.
The church are currently hoping to conserve and restore a number of their wall paintings as well as repairing some of the other fixtures in the church.
Brisley is home to a colony of Common Pipistrelle bats, during the summer these bats enter the church over the west door then fly the length of the church to roost in the chancel.
We have commissioned full bat surveys at Brisley in summer 2021 (delayed from 2020) which will help us plan and build new bat mitigation, potentially looking to confine the bats to the tower space.
Thanks to Tesco Bags of Help and our funders we contracted Andrea Kirkham to produce a report into the condition of the wall paintings, and more conservation work on the paintings will go ahead this summer. The hope is that more paintings could be discovered, once the church has fewer bat issues and we know that they can be preserved.
Brisley will also host one of our cleaning workshops, giving church wardens advice on cleaning their historic churches.