St Bartholomew’s was built in the 12th century and still has a fine decorated Norman font. The nave and tower are believed to be of 13th-century date and the north aisle was added in the 15th century. Traces of medieval wall paintings survive. The vestry is Victorian.

The earliest graffiti is found on one of the limestone piers of the north aisle, and on the top of the font. These include crosses, a circle,  a deep score mark, and a possible feint word or name. Several of these features are likely to have been made for apotropaic (protective) purposes, especially the saltire crosses on the font.  There is fairly modern graffiti on some of the bench bookrests.

Displayed on a wall are foot and hand outlines on lead, some with 18th and 19th century dates, which were cut out and saved when the tower roof was re-leaded.

It is not uncommon to find such outlines, together with other graffiti, on the lead of tower roofs. The hand outline is of particular interest as the detail of the line indicates that it has been made with a tool that we have not, so far, encountered anywhere else.

Coffinswell, St Bartholomew