St Bartholomew's Tower Appeal

Welcome to St Bartholomew’s Church, Winchester

Exciting plans are in hand for some renovations at St Bartholomew’s Church, so that it can extend its welcome and accessibility, not only as the parish church for Hyde and Abbotts Barton, but also as one of Winchester’s most ancient and historic buildings. Founded in 1110 as the church for the tenants and lay officials of Hyde Abbey, it has a significant place in the City’s heritage, and continues to hold an annual commemoration of King Alfred, who is believed to have been buried nearby at the Abbey.

The work will be done in 2 phases in order to spread the cost.

Phase 1 of the Project

Phase 1 began in September 2020 and includes:

  • Installing a new toilet suitable for disabled access
  • Eliminating the damp in the walls, providing a fresh and friendly environment
  • Installing a kitchenette
  • Improving the water supply
  • Rearranging the seating at the west end of the church to provide a better space for hospitality

Phase 2 of the Project

In 2021 Phase 2 of the St Bart’s Tower work will include:

  • Widening the north-west doorway and path to improve level access
  • Reordering the area in the north aisle to create a heritage corner and welcome display
  • Reordering the pews at the front to give more space for performance
  • New furniture
  • Carrying out minor works required by our recent 5-yearly architect’s inspection

How you can help

As at November 2020 we have raised and have pledges for £88,000, but additional costs have been incurred by the poor drainage, and due to the coronavirus, we have not been able to hold all the fundraising events we had planned. Please can you help?

  • Please make a donation on our giving page here.
  • Alternatively, if you would like to set up a Standing Order please email and ask for a form.


This is what we are replacing, and how it’s going so far:

The toilet was not accessible for the disabled
In great need of a kitchenette
A significant amount of damp on the walls

Thank You!