Greensted Church

by Helen Hooker September. 05, 2019 324 views

I recently discovered a little gem in the heart of the Essex countryside. The tiny village of Greensted is home to St. Andrew’s Church, which holds the distinction of being the oldest wooden church in the world. The 51 enormous timbers that form the outside of the oldest part of the building date back to around 1060, although evidence was discovered during excavations in the 1960s of an even earlier structure (6th or 7th century) beneath the chancel.

A small but perfectly formed recreation of the church, made from matchsticks

A small but perfectly formed recreation of the church, made from matchsticks

Beside one of the pews I found a tiny triangular window, known as a ‘leper’s squint’. Apparently such openings allowed those with leprosy to receive a blessing from the priest, while not mixing with the rest of the population in the church.

The leper's squint from inside - I would imagine the glazing is a modern addition

The leper's squint from inside - I would imagine the glazing is a modern addition

And the same spot from outside

And the same spot from outside

5 September 2019

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Kay Hooker 1 month ago

A beautiful little church, and just as I remember it from some 60 plus years ago.   I went there on a school trip, when I was about 14 years old.  Great photos Helen.

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Elizabeth Happer 1 month ago

Fascinating, it's been on my 'to visit' list for a while. Lovely photos x

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