All Saints Church, Cambridgeshire, 15th December 2017

December 17, 2017
Written by: Rob Slusar

So it’s been a busy few weeks since my last outing, and whilst I have been out with the camera, I haven’t taken a lot that I thought was worth sharing on here.

I had a day off from work as a result of taking a long weekend after the midnight showing of the new Star Wars movie, so I headed out with a friend to a relatively local site.

All Saints Church, although now just a shell, this church underwent massive restoration between 1629 (the plague in the wall suggests as much) and the 1670’s. It was refurbished again in the mid 1800’s. Some of the church dates back to the 13th century and whilst it’s not clear how long a church has been on this site, it is clear that there was one here from at least 1086.

It is believed the last service took place around 1952 and by the 1960’s, despite being Grade II listed in 1957 it had started to ruin.

It was a challenging shoot if I’m honest. the sun was at an awkward position and was creating a lot of annoying shadows and glare through the trees. It’s a very peaceful place and it appears some of the graves are still tended to (looks like some were looked at around remembrance).

The church as you approach, with tower (dates from the 1670’s) to the right and 13th century part of the church attached to it. The main entrance porch was added around the same time as the tower.

Inside there isn’t a lot left, but the arches and the stonework windows still look as good as they would have when they were built.

The arched windows in the newer part of the church.

The roof of the tower has mainly fallen in, with a lot of tiles scattered around the externals of the building.

The newer end of the church which is marked as being built in 1629 looking through into the older part of the church with the tower at the end.

These days it stands shrouded by trees and bushes.

Although some of the graves are tended to, most of the church yard is overgrown, with headstones hidden amongst the undergrowth.

Even though the village it served is tiny, you can see that this would have been the hub of the town, and I understand that even now some services are held in the roofless building.

It is believed that the tower housed 2 bells at one point.

Whilst i’m not a religious person, I find churches peaceful places. Standing amongst the headstones makes you realise how small we are in comparison to the world, and that one day we will be in a place similar, possibly forgotten.

We spotted this charm hanging around a branch next to a headstone. It looks to have been placed there by someone, so hopefully someone else is finding comfort in the place as the church’s flock would have done all those years ago.

This site is very small, hidden away behind trees and only would have served a small number of houses in its time. Even though it is in a ruinous state, it is still served by a Vicar who manages the local areas were churches have either been left redundant or demolished over time.

It was a nice quiet and chilled visit, it was not a great distance away so I may head back when the weather gets better.

I’m not sure whether I will be getting out before the turn of the year, so this may be your lot for 2017.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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