Wessex Archaeology’s geomatics team has recently concluded a laser scanning project at St. John’s Church in Bemerton, near Salisbury in Wiltshire. This was undertaken for Bemerton Community who, with the assistance of Paul Stevens Architecture, are in the process of converting part of the church for use as a community centre.

This most recent phase of work at St. John’s involved using a laser scanner to digitally record both interior and exterior surfaces of the church and its lych gate to millimetric precision. This data will be used by the architect to plan detailed aspects of the construction and it will also serve as a pre-alteration heritage record for posterity.

This work complements a geophysical survey that was undertaken in the churchyard by Wessex Archaeology prior to the installation of services earlier in the year. This survey successfully identified a number of unmarked graves dating from the mid 19th Century as well as potential elements of the Church’s foundation structure.

A more detailed case-study of the laser scanning project will follow shortly, watch this space!