St Bartholomew’s Church in Longnor
...Middle Ages survivor
St Bartholomew’s Church, originally dating back to the Middle Ages, was rebuilt in 1780 - and later raised in height, so as to admit galleries, in 1812.
The church in Longnor, which has the air of a bleak Non-conformist chapel, has a Norman font, carved with crude heads and chevrons, the only survivor from the original medieval building.
In the churchyard is the gravestone of William Billinge, who lived through seven reigns and died within 150 yards of where he was born, at the ripe old age of 112. Born in a cornfield in 1679, Billinge became a soldier when he was 23 and was at the taking of Gibraltar in 1704, later serving with the Duke of Marlborough at the Battle of Ramilles in 1706, where he was wounded by a musket ball. He lived to fight another day for King and country in the Stuart rebellions of 1715 and 1745. His biographical epitaph concludes:-
Billeted by Death, I quartered here remain
When the trumpet sounds, I’ll rise and march again
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015