|Image found on stbartstrust.org.uk|
This old church has been redundant since 1981. Like many churches it is thought to have been built on the site of a much earlier church, a mix of 13/14/15 century building work.
Yesterday I came across a small article which announced that the church was about to be sold, dismantled, transported and rebuilt in California. The date of the article was April 1986, when the estimated cost for the venture was said to be around six hundred thousand dollars.
An American Episcopalian Deacon said it was worth every penny.
Shockingly, the local vicar approved of the scheme, stating that no other use had been found for the building and as there are better examples of medieval churches in the area he and the community would be happy to think it had gone to America...
Further reading on the website has revealed that the scheme was not destined for success, there was no money to back the idea, thank goodness.
There have always been a few people who loved the building, but it suffered from neglect. Now there is a new and much more active group of people who are working hard to protect and preserve the old building.
Amazingly, despite all the neglect, the bell tower and bells are in good and safe working order and will be rung to celebrate the Armistice this November, and on other special occasions. It is a small beginning, but so important.
One of these days I hope to be able to arrange to have a viewing, with camera, of course.
Meanwhile, I will leave you with this very beautiful image of the interior, borrowed from stbartstrust.org. with thanks.