The building heritage works will focus on the tower, the chancel, the stained glass and the bell, but our project will also create an exhibition area in the south porch.
One of the permanent elements of that exhibition is likely to focus on the Newton Monument and the heritage surrounding Sir John Newton and his family. You can download a document about the monument here.
Central to the exhibition will be a display on the Harptree Hoard – a cache of 1500 Roman coins, excavated in the 1880’s by a labourer searching in the Mendip Hills for a new spring for the village.
The hoard has since been broken up: Some were originally on display in St Laurence but were stolen some time ago, others are in the British Museum. Bristol Culture hold a number of the coins, as well as a silver ingot found alongside the hoard, and the pewter flagon in which the coins were found. The remainder of the hoard is in private hands, and came up for sale in 2016.
History of the Church
For a detailed description of the history of the church and its place in the community, download our Statement of Significance.
East Harptree Hidden History and Secret Places
Project Newton’s interpretation plans will include touchscreen display units featuring interactive maps, galleries and video tours based on content like this video by Wild Country Lane Studios. ©2016 Harptrees History Society
Our Heritage and History
- Early History
- Medieval and Tudor
- 18th and 19th Century
- Sir John Newton
- Find out how we intend to share our wonderful history and heritage as part of Project Newton.