St John's church, Bemerton

St. Johns Church is a Victorian Grade II* Listed Building in the village of Bemerton just to the west of Salisbury. The church was designed by T.H. Wyatt and built 1859-61 with a restoration undertaken in 1896 by C.E. Ponting; many of the original fixtures and fittings are still in place and also worthy of note are the capitals on the columns, each of which is very finely carved to individually unique designs. The church also features a rather lovely lych gate which serves as the village war memorial. The church is currently the focus of a community driven plan to convert it into a community centre whilst retaining space for worship.

323 Interior view of the church, rendered from the point cloud data

324 Section drawing through the church, north-south

Wessex Archaeology were commissioned by Bemerton Community and Paul Stevens Architecture (the project architects) to undertake a metric survey of the church to assist with planning and designing the new community space and also to provide a record of the structure as it stands. We used Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) to record the interior and exterior of the church as well as the interior of the tower and the lych gate.
 
From this laser scan point cloud, we then created a set of orthographic images, images which look like photographs but are also scaled and contain no perspective distortion, making them suitable for measuring from. A set of traditional internal section drawings were also created through the church, capturing the long and short internal elevations. A number of animations of the data were also prepared for use by the community when talking about the proposals; these were also shown at the Remembrance Day commemorations, the lych gate being the village war memorial.
 
The laser scan data is also ideally suited to form the basis for any more detailed heritage recording that may be required as part of the proposals. Wessex Archaeology have already demonstrated on other projects such as Tamworth Castle how the combination of digital photography and laser scan data can be used to produce very detailed record drawings of heritage structures. The scan data can also be used as the metric framework for rectified photography as was undertaken at Sandsfoot Castle.
 
More information is available from salisburychurch.net and the Bemerton Community Saving St John's blog.

325 Orthographic view of the exterior of the church

Acknowledgements

Bemerton Community (client)
 
Paul Stevens Architecture (client)