The earliest mention of Mathon (village) was in the days of Ethelred the Unready (968-1016). The current church building was erected in the eleventh century, since then it has had an interesting history and today the church remains an important part of village life.
In 2018 Mathon Church was delighted to commission photographer, film maker and communications connsultant Jack Versiani Holt (Holtography) to work with us to shape a project to provide an online audio visual tour of the church that explores its heritage. Jack captured the stunning architectural images included in the tour that truly showcase some of the beauty of the building and contribute a lot to the telling of its story. The tour was created to work on both smart-phones (aimed at those wishing to use the tour while visting and exploring the church) and also the bigger screens of laptop and desktop computers.
At the launch of the tour Jack said "With such history and intricate features, this project wasn’t without challenges, but that’s what made it so rewarding. To be able to tell the story of Mathon and open the church as a digital tour is truly exciting."
Since its launch the tour has been very popular with both visitors to the church and those exploring online. Now, in this period of Covid-19 restrictions, even more people are exploring Mathon church online.
Following the success of the Mathon church online tour a similar tour has also been produced for our neighbouring churches in Storridge and Cradley (some of the information in the Cradley church tour has recently been updated, and a new audio narration commissioned from local Actor Director Ben Mowbray of "Our Star Theatre Company" has been added)
The kind people at Bury Associates have made a 3D model of Mathon church.
The model was created using a technique called Photogrammetry. They took overlapping photographs all around the building with a digital camera then took further pictures from above with a DJI Mavic Air drone. The pictures were processed through a software program called Bentley ContextCapture to create the 3D geometry.
You can ‘fly’ around the building and take a bird’s eye view of the church.
View the 3D model by clicking on the image below.
Hold your left mouse button down then move your mouse to rotate the view; hold the scroll wheel down to pan the view from side to side; roll the scroll wheel forwards & backwards to zoom in & out.
Click on the 3 lines at the top left of your screen to open the menu for more options.