Hardwick is a small, rural late Norman church. It originally had a round tower but this collapsed in 1770 and just the base can be seen today.
The jewel of the church is the late 14th century St Christopher wall painting directly opposite the south door. As well as St Christopher, this features a slightly faded image of an angler and a tree with an owl and other birds.
Hardwick is home to a small number of Common Pipistrelle bats, however there is concern that the bats may be damaging the wall painting in particular.
The Bats in Churches project has commissioned a full report on the condition of the wall painting from Andrea Kirkham. This report has been used to support or plans to exclude the bats from the interior, and will be invaluable for any future conservation work.
After fully surveying the church in summer 2019, we also have plans to erect a new bat pole in the churchyard and install a second box on the south wall. This work has been delayed by the pandemic but we are hoping to have the new boxes installed in summer 2021.