Ruined and Deserted Churches

Ruined and Deserted Churches

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... or parish priest, as it is at this day." But the time of Bowthorpe's prosperity is over. No future Lord of the Manor will, we imagine, be instructed to " ciel and reed " the little roofless sanctuary. A wall surrounds it and prevents active desecration, and on the south side cottage gardens, with their sweet-smelling pinks and roses, adjoin it. Children playing amongst the flowers look at the ruined temple with an awe that the living church, Colney or Earlham, where they worship Sunday by Sunday, does not inspire, for they cannot even peep over the high wall that separates the consecrated site from the farmyard, and the church where no one goes has a sanctity all its own. The round towered church at Keswick, standing amidst a group of trees, crowns the summit of a hill three miles out of Norwich. The history of Keswick and Intwood churches is curiously intertwined. About the year 1 572 the latter " was converted to a sheep-cote, and... employed to the layinge of brakes or furzes therein." After thirty years of desecration "Mr. Hubberd converted it again to a church." At the same time the two parishes were united, and the advowson changed hands. The new owner, choosing Intwood as his place of abode, found that church most convenient for himself, so he repaired it with materials taken from Keswick. In 1602, the last year of Queen Elizabeth's reign, a certificate of the condition of various Norfolk parishes sets forth concerning Keswick: "The Church there ys in very great decay, the stooles therein, the pavem', tyle, the glasse wyndows, and the lead that covered the steeple, and a bell, are taken from thence to amend the decayes of the Church of Intwood." In 189 3 the...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236928326
  • 9781236928320