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Arborfield Old Church

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Aug. 22nd, 2010 | 08:30 pm
posted by: keswindhover in buried_in_green

I bring you Arborfield Old Church, which sits inside a barbed wire fence by the river Loddon in Berkshire, England. The church was built in 1265 and abandoned in 1863. The red brick side chapel was built in 1631 and kept up until the 1930s, when the whole thing was finally abandoned for the smart new Victorian church a mile away:



The whole structure is surrendering to climbing ivy:









p.s. the local history website that enabled me to be so specific about these dates also offers two historic pictures for comparison purposes:

Here is Arborfield Church in 1818:



Not much of that is recognisable today, but the buttress in the foreground can be seen in this shot:



By the 1930s the church is ruined, and largely gone, but the chapel remains (though it seems to have a hole in the roof):



And now the whole thing is retreating into the ivy and trees are growing inside it, while the graves are broken and ruinous:



I don't think there will be much left on its 800th anniversary in 2063.

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twinkelbelpeach

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from: twinkelbelpeach
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
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It's amazing how nature can reclaim the things man thinks will last forever.

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Keswindhover

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from: keswindhover
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes - you have to work at it to keep things.

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Keswindhover

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date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
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And welcome.

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JL Wounded Healer

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from: brotherskeeper1
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
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Wonderful & fascinating photos! Thank you for sharing.

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Keswindhover

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from: keswindhover
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome.

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The Rage of Winter.

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from: rageofwinter
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
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A very nice find, especially for the arc windows.

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Keswindhover

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from: keswindhover
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. It was a nice thing to come upon by chance.

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aunty_kreist

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from: aunty_kreist
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
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It looks like something out of a fairy tale. ;) What an awesome place that would be to have a wedding, too.

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Keswindhover

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from: keswindhover
date: Aug. 25th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Especially if you were a vampire!

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Keswindhover

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from: keswindhover
date: Nov. 2nd, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Glad you enjoyed it!

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