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Friday, 7 August 2009

Church, Abandoned



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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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16 comments:

Sanghi said...

Mmmm nice pictures of the abondoned church rachel. Yes indeed, the new owner can do any remodeling with this. its such a treasure!

A Scattering said...

OMG Rachel, you're so right - this would make an amazing house! What a neat find. Now all you need to do is win the lottery!

Johanna said...

I love abandoned buildings - I remember reading that some conservationists feel that it is the way to let buildings be - but I have visions of some couple on Grand Designs making this into their home (do you watch the show with Kevin McCloud? I am a recent convert)

AndrewCotterill said...

For anyone who wonders, the church was called St Bartholomew's Church in the fabulously named hamlet of Newington Bagpath in Gloucestershire.

Chris said...

Hmmmm. an abandoned church. Crime scene tape. No, I dont think I would ever want to live there. Cool find though.

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous building. Someone needs to buy it and love it.

Chef E said...

I am not sure what has happened, but you are not on my feed? Crime scene tape belongs on blogger.com sometimes!

I love this, and agree it should be something really cool, a restaurant would pop up in it here!

Si's blog said...

It would make a terrific home. Save up your money and it will be on all the makeover reality shows.

Doreen said...

what a beautiful place. I agree with you, it would be a fantastic place to live! needs some tender loving care......

Kasia said...

Amazing place! I actually quite love such abandoned places - they move my imagination!

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

Even silence need visitors.
Witout a visitors who knows what silence is.
Thanks for writing.

antonia said...

hi, i grew up in bagpath from the age of 2, i left 10 years ago, am now 28, this church has been abandoned since i can remember, i know it was sold whilst i was living there but the new owners has some sort of problem getting access across a farmers land for something, guess this has never been resolved. it is beautiful, i used to play aroubd it as a child.

Neil Marchant said...

Hi just stumbled across your blog whilst looking for updates on Newington Bagpath. I know the church well (I'm a local church-crawler!). Parts of it has saxon work although the tower looks as though it has had a 17th cent re-work. The chancel is by Teulon an exuberant Victorian architect. The church was sold by the diocese but the new owner couldn't get services to the church because the farmer denied access across his land.
Probably the best solution for the church would be conversion into studios or maybe music venue. I guess the main problem would be access to the building e.t.c. However its good to see the planning department have been keeping an eye on the works in hand.
The church has a wonderful atmosphere although sad reading some of the 18th cent tombs in the churchyard. This place is fairly isolated today but imagine late 19th cent.
Nearby is the church of Lasbourgh which was used in larkrise to Candleford.
Boxwell church is also worth a visit although very difficult to find!

Taylor Stoermer said...

Fascinating. This was the church where Thomas Jefferson's first cousin--the Rev. Henry Jones Randolph--was rector in 1805.

Taylor Stoermer said...

Fascinating. This was the church where Thomas Jefferson's first cousin--the Rev. Henry Jones Randolph--was rector in 1805.

Anonymous said...

hi i was baptized in this church 1967 my nan was the last to be berried there 1993 the church
was going to be converted into a house but the local land owner wont let water or electric run across his land and will cost thousands to run services down the country lane hence the lack of work the church went out of use in the mid 70s and was sold

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