The Church of St. John the Baptist, Eastnor, is Grade 1 listed and is situated within the Eastnor Conservation Area and the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There has been a church on the site since the 12th Century. Some parts of the early building remain, including the south nave doorway, the 12th century font and the 13th century nave arcade. The lower parts of the west tower are also 13th century, while the upper part is 14th century. The church was comprehensively refurbished by Sir George Gilbert Scott RA in the early 1850s, including the addition of a mortuary chapel for the monuments to members of the Somers Cocks family of Eastnor Castle.
The Eastnor Church Tower Restoration committee knew the church needed a website to provide useful information about the building’s history, advertise the Tower Restoration Appeal, and publicise future church events and services. Eastnor village is seeking to raise £285,00 to fund essential repairs to this ancient and beautiful church, as well as to improve the church’s facilities to allow for wider use.
A logo was designed, inspired by the distinctive golden cockerel weather vain on top of the tower. The site has a simple, straightforward feel and is easy to navigate so it will be accessible to visitors of all ages and internet abilities. It makes good use of the wealth of information that has been researched by Juliet Rowland on the building’s history with links to the new guidebook and a more in-depth document about the history of the church and connections to the Somers Cocks family of Eastnor Castle.
It also features News blog section that allows visitors to find out what’s happening at the church, on going restoration works and the Tower Appeal.