“ This is an intriguing Church in beautiful rural location. We would love to have filming here. ”

Jeremy Hoskins

Architectural History

St Kenelm's, Sapperton, dates from Norman times, but little evidence of Norman workmanship remains. The north Transept is largely still medieval and contains its Tudor windows. The Roofs of the Bell Tower, Nave and Chancel are all 14th century. In the early 18th century the Church was subject to a substantial remodelling, while in the late 19th century and again in the early 20th century, the interior of the Church was sensitively restored.

Architectural Features

An attractive line of yew trees leads down through the Graveyard to the Church’s main door. The Church is cruciform in plan with north and south Transepts and a central Bell Tower capped with a Broach Spire. Inside, the barrel vaulted Ceiling and large rounded Windows help to create a light, spacious interior. All the windows comprise panes of pale green glass, including the great West Window. Internally, the Church is full of decorative quirks. The first of these is the large quantity of panelling, now used as pew-ends. Each pew end boasts an individual carved figure. The Church also contains a variety of interesting monuments and chest-tombs dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

Filming Attributes

The Church may not have modern facilities such as a kitchen and WC, but this allows its history to shine through without distraction. It does not have its own car park, but there is some limited roadside parking close to the Churchyard entrance. Internally the Church offers a variety of interesting and versatile spaces. Each has its own distinct character, creating different moods. The lofty space of the nave has light flooding in through its large, classic round-headed windows. In contrast, the transepts and chancel are much smaller and intimate, but each with its own special character. The side gallery overlooking the nave also offers another interesting perspective. The Church is full of quirky features, none more so than the fascinating and exotic carved pew ends and gallery front. There is a pub in the village and also a village hall. The Churchyard at Sapperton has been used for filming before.

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Special Considerations

  • Hotworks
  • Night Shoots
  • Weekend Shoots

Topography

The Church is located in the un-spoilt Cotswold village of Sapperton, which is idyllically situated on the side of a valley. St Kenelm’s has few trappings of the 20th and 21st centuries, and this, together with its peaceful rural setting, creates a tranquil atmosphere. Sapperton is situated just west of Cirencester and can be reached easily from the A417 or the A433. The M5 motorway is close by as are the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and Bristol airports.

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Contact

Email: jeremyhoskins@tiscali.co.uk

Phone: 01285 760227

Website: http://www.achurchnearyou.com/sapperton-st-kenelm/