Friday, 7 August 2009
Last weekend we went for a walk with a friend who was visiting. My husband dug out the Ordnance Survey map, we picked a route, and decided to park by the church.
This was the sight that greeted us when we arrived:
The church was half-hidden by trees, and the design of the tower reminded me of some ancient temple buildings I'd visited once in Italy.
As we always do, we went to have a look around. We had to climb over an old tree-trunk that was blocking the way, and the whole place looked rather overgrown and abandoned.
What had first appeared to be nice shutters, turned out to be boarding up the window. A sign on one window had a faded For Sale notice, and a slightly-less-faded PRIVATE.
Not a church any longer, then. (It turns out my husband's map was from 1987, around the time he first moved to this area.)
Around the corner, though, and the plot thickened - a window was cordoned off with CRIME SCENE tape.
We did some reading when we got home, and found out that the church was sold off several years ago - but the new owners, for whatever reason, haven't done anything with it. It's such a waste, because if it's not going to be a church, it could be an absolutely tremendous house, right in the middle of nowhere.