The Charles Church

by Helen Hooker June. 05, 2015 2664 views

For a long time I've wanted to take a closer look at a derelict church which stands in the centre of a roundabout in Plymouth. Today I finally found an opportunity to learn a little more about the history of this ancient church, stranded among the traffic. The Charles Church was completed in 1658, built as a second parish church for Plymouth at the request of King Charles I. It served the community well for nearly three centuries but on the night of the 21st and 22nd March 1941 it was gutted during a heavy air raid and was left derelict until 1957. Finally, a decision was taken to preserve the church in its derelict state and it now stands as a memorial to civilian population of Plymouth who lost their lives during attacks on the city in World War II.

Getting across the busy road to visit the church proved to be a challenge but it was worth the effort

Sadly the shell of the church was locked but I was able to walk right around the exterior

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 10 months ago

What a wonderful Spire......

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