All Saints Thatched Church in Brockhampton in the Wye Valley

All Saints Church - Brockhampton
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All Saints Church in Brockhampton

Hidden away in the fabulous countryside of the Wye Valley, in a delightful small village sits the beautiful All Saints Church of Brockhampton.

Just ten minutes from where we live, this is one of the few thatched churches in Britain.

This is a peaceful and idyllic setting in an Area of Outstanding Beauty and the chances are if you visit, you may not even see anyone else.

The population in the village is just 180 people.

The Church was commissioned by Alice Foster in memory of her parents, the architect was William Lethaby and the Church was completed in 1902.

All Saints Church Brockhampton
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An Enchanting Sight

The first time we visited All Saints Church, I gasped in delight at one of the prettiest churches I have ever seen.

Set in immaculate grounds the Church is welcoming and seems to resemble something from a fairytale.

The entrance to the Church is via the Lychgate.

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What is a Lychgate?

A Lychgate is a covered structure, normally 4 or six oak posts in a rectangular shape, on top are a number of beams to hold a sloping roof covered in tiles.

As you can see from the photo, the one here is quite different built in stone with a thatched roof which matches up with the Church perfectly.

The name is derived from the Saxon Lych meaning “corpse” and gate meaning ‘entrance‘ hence corpse entrance.

Lychgates were built from about the mid 15th Century and normally priests conducted the first part of a funeral service under it’s shelter.

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Stained Glass Windows

Inside the Church the stained glass windows are stunningly beautiful and the atmosphere a welcoming comfort and peace.

These photos are parts of the hand sewn seat pew covers:-

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A Replica of All Saints Church in Japan

A Replica of the Church was built in Japan. One day the church was found by accident by some Japanese developers. The developers said it was popular for Japanese couples, to travel to Western-style churches to get married or for blessings.

So they asked for permission for it to be copied. The Church Council agreed and a replica three quarters the size of the original church was built in Osaka the second biggest city in Japan. The work was completed in July 2009 and now a replica of All Saints Church complete with a thatched roof sits on the 21st and 22nd floor of a tower block!

Natural light floods in from a glass atrium and there are restaurants, exhibition halls and a hotel with honeymoon suites above the church and the floors below have shops and offices.

The replica is perfect right down to the last detail, even the marks on the stones.

The beautiful stained glass windows are exactly the same and they even have a bell tower with a bell which is rung on wedding days.

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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up and besutiful! I loved the tour. Everything is so unique. The stained glass is beautiful. It seems like the ideal place/environment to have church. It has to be the pretiest church I have ever seen. Great tour!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

You really captured the beauty of this church in your photographs.

I was amazed that the Japenese built their own stunning replica in the middle of a high rise!

Thanks so much for sharing this hub. It was very interesting and visually appealing.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi thelyricwriter, we have some lovely pretty churches locally, but a thatched one is very rare these days.

Many thanks for joining me on the tour and for your comments, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Happyboomernurse, the church is in stunning countryside and is so pretty, I'm glad you enjoyed it, thank you for your lovely comments, best wishes.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Movie Master! What a great tour. The Thatched Church is amazing. And it is amazing how they built a replica in a modern building in Japan.

I always enjoy how you bring us to your beautiful part of the world via great photos and information.

Voted up, up and away!


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

What a beautiful church, one of the nicest churches I have ever seen. The stained glass window is amazing. It is wonderful to see such an old building in its original condition and a thatched roof is so rare these days. Great photographs and a great hub. Voted up, interesting and awesome.


Derdriu 5 years ago

Movie Master: Thatched roofs are uniquely aesthetic! I enjoyed reading about them recently in Elizabeth George's 2010 mystery, This Body of Death. This is very interesting and well presented with lovely photos. The stained glass sparkles! The smaller replica in Japan is fascinating! There are so many lovely local churches everywhere in the world. Thank you for sharing this one!

Voted up, beautiful, interesting


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

I remember beautiful English churchs only too well, the one about is awesome. up/awesome


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dex - and I always love it when you visit my beautiful part of the world!

A replica in a modern building is quite amazing!

Thank you for your comments, take care and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jacqui, it's wonderful to see this beautiful church is kept so immaculate, there are still weekly services and weddings here, so many of the old churches are sadly closing now due to disrepair.

Many thanks for your visit and comments, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Derdriu, like you I love old buildings, especially if they are thatched, they have a special charm about them!

I have just read a review of the book, This Body of Death, I think I will have to check it out:-)

Many thanks for your visit and comments, it's much appreciated.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi writer20, we are very fortunate to have so many beautiful churches here, the thatched ones are very rare these days.

Thank you for visting, your comments and vote, take care.


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Reading Cloverleafs Halloween decoration hub before arriving here the movie by Disney Scarecrow of Romney Marsh comes to mind. This church seems very familiar to lost memories of a fanciful movie of a child. Thanks for stirring memories and presenting a wonderful hub.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tsmog, some of those Halloween decorations in Cloverleafs hub are terrific...

I think this Church has quite a fairytale charm about it, i'm glad it stirred some memories for you!

It's always good to see you, take care and many thanks for your great comments.


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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

I wouldn't miss a single service. Beautiful


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pinkish 5 years ago

Remarkably beautiful! I love the stained glass window.


SusieQ42 5 years ago

What a lovely place to visit. Yes, the stained glass is gorgeous, and I love the handmade pew coverings. And the church in Japan is just awesome. What a great idea!!! Thank you for the wonderful tour.


september girl 5 years ago

Cool history lesson in architecture form. Just so you know...I never enjoyed history, but this was interesting, informative and I loved the photos! Great hub! Voted up of course! : )


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

It is an incredibly beautiful piece of architecture and is kept immaculate. Oh, how I want to travel and see all the world has to offer. You put together a wonderful Hub. Voted Up. (almost clicked on those girls in the ad above the buttons though by accident. Can we turn off inappropriate ads?)


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kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

What a quaint and homey church. Just like the Japanese, I would go for this church for blessings 'coz it feels intimate inside. Thanks for coming up with this hub. It's well-illustrated. Your photographs are beautiful :)


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Thank you Movie Master for taking us on this wonderful tour. The church is beautiful. The stained glass is spectacular. The handmade pew coverings had to be a labor of love. Voted up and away.....


Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

Absolutely beautiful chuck and the stained glass is amazing. Loved the tour!


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

This is so awesome, beautiful and interesting and I voted up. It is such a lovely place to worship! Thank you for sharing something so awesome.


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

This is so awesome, beautiful and interesting and I voted up. It is such a lovely place to worship! Thank you for sharing something so awesome.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This looks like a beautiful and very interesting church, Movie Master. I love the details in the photos and the thought of a similar church inside a Japanese tower block!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

It truly is a beautiful church. You have definitely made me want to go see it. But I really hate flying so to visit I imagine that I will have to return here from time to time and fall under you spell once more. Almost sounds like a fairy tale. Voted up and several others.


"Quill Again" 5 years ago

Hi MM... Thank You for the journey you have taken us on... loved it and the pictures are exceptional... very well done.

Blessings


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Ann, it's still a well attended Church service here, glad you enjoyed your visit, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Pinkish, yes the stained glass window is beautiful, there is a larger one at the end of the Church that you can just about see in one of the smaller photos, but unfortunately the camera got confused with the light and the close up photo was to poor to publish.

Thank you for visiting and your comments, it's much appreciated.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susie, the handmade pew seat covers were absolutely beautiful, the photos don't do them justice, the details and work were quite exquisite!

Thank you for joining the tour, I always enjoy your company and thank you for your comments, take care.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

There are some pretty churches dotted all around the UK but very few have a thatched roof. Your photos are excellent and aren't those stained glass windows just beautiful. I love the Lychgate, that being thatched too.

I was quite amazed to learn that the Japanese had built a replica, what an honour.

Thank you for showing us this os so pretty church MM

Voted up awesome and beautiful


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi September girl, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your lovely comments and vote, take care and enjoy your day!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Hyphenbird, I agree there are so many beautiful places out there to visit, I have enjoyed writing about this wonderful little gem in the Wye Valley and sharing it with you.

The girls in the ad seem to have gone thankness.

Thank you for your comments and vote, take care and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi kerlynb, the Church is quite small inside and has a lovely intimate feel, the atmosphere is so peaceful I stayed there for ages!

Thank you for your fabulous comments, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Ruby, the work and detail in the pew seat covers are simply beautiful, there are also embroided wall hangings.

Many thanks for your comments and vote, it's much appreciated, have a wonderful day!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Lynn, it was nice to have your company on the tour, I'm glad you enjoyed it and thank you for your comments, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi PenmePretty, this Church is a wonderful place to worship, very special indeed.

Thank you for visiting, your comments and vote, take care and have a beautiful day!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Alicia, a thatched Church in a tower block just seems quite incredible!! I guess it's quite a compliment to our architecture!

Many thanks for your comments and best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Homesteadbound, what a shame you don't like flying!

You can visit here whenever you like, I enjoy your company and sharing with you:-)

Many thanks for your comments and votes, have a wonderful day!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Quill Again, I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit and I have enjoyed sharing our wonderful Church with you:-)

Thank you for your comments, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosemay, this Church really is a delight, I had never seen a thatched Lychgate before and the stained glass windows are breathtaking.

Thank you for your comments and votes, take care and have a wonderful day!


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Movie Master

Just what I needed. To get away from the big city and spend some time in the beautiful thatched church in the Wye Valley.

Voted up and awesome.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi MM,

This church is so beautiful, I can't believe it was replicated in a tower block in Japan! Quite incredible. Excellent info and pictures as always - voting up! X


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, Many thanks for visiting, I'm pleased to hear you have enjoyed the peace and quiet of our lovely Church and our beautiful countryside.

Many thanks for your comments and vote, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Cloverleaf, this church is really so pretty, yes it's quite incredible to think a replica of it is on the 21st floor of a tower block in Japan!

Thank for your lovely comments, take care and enjoy your day x


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Movie Master. Sorry I’m late. Your Hub was outstanding. The Church and grounds look so peaceful and pleasant. Would have been here on the comments section earlier but went to vote up and was whisked away to a 'Get a Russian Bride' site or some such, took me two days to find my way back. Though I now have a working knowledge of Minsk. Kidding aside your Hub is full of information to excite the imagination. The ¾ sized church in a Japanese skyrise just one of them.

Interesting how you inserted the thumbnails.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mike, glad you managed to find your way back!

The little village is out in the sticks and so pretty and quiet,just like the Church.

I find the thumbnails work well, when I have a lot of photos, when they are full size they sometimes take a long time to load.

Many thanks for dropping by, it's always good to see you, have a wonderful weekend.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thank you so very much for bringing this beautiful church to our attention. It is a beauty inside and out. Wonder if the thatched roof has to be attended each year to keep it water tight? Whoever is embroidering the seat covers in the church is surely doing it as a labor of love. Voted up, interesting and beautiful. Great job on this hub!


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

Oh, this is such a lovely and peaceful setting Movie Master. I love the embroidery on the seat covers. Something I have not seen before in any churches here. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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anglnwu 5 years ago

What a lovely church. I must say that having just returned from Europe, I love the English countryside and churches--they're so inspirational and awe-provoking. Really awesome and rated up.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was beautiful church. I love all pictures above. Thanks for share with us. Vote up!

Prasetio


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Peggy, the Church is known as the hidden gem of the Wye Valley and it certainly is!

Yes the embroidery must have been a labour of love, the detail is amazing, there are also some beautiful embroided wall hangings of wild flowers.

A thatched roof is amazingly low maintenance and will last for at least 15 years.

Many thanks for your comments and visit, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi A.Creative Thinker, I was really taken with the embroided seat covers, the photos didn't do them justice unfortunately.

Many thanks for visiting and your comments, it's much appreciated, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi anginwu, we are very fortunate to have so many beautiful old Churches and I agree our lovely countryside is certainly inspirational!

Thank you so much for dropping by,your comments and vote, take care and enjoy your weekend.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi prasetio, thank you for visiting it's always good to see you, and many thanks for your comments and vote, take care and my best wishes.


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felicitylovespari 5 years ago

What a fantastic, fantastic looking place! I would absolutely love to visit it in person.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello felicity, I wish you could visit in person, I would love to take you there, it's beautiful!

But thank you for visiting via HubPages and your comments, take care.


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

Such a beautiful, quaint church! This is going on my list to stop and see when I tour the British Isles! This is an incredible church and to think the Japanese copied it to build in Osaka. What a compliment to all involved with this church in England. And hand sewn pew covers as well. How unique! In a town of 180 people. You have to go out west in America to find towns that small!

Great hub, beautiful photos and voted up!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi suzette, I hope you get to visit the Wye Valley and the Church when you come over, it's a beautiful area and the Church a real gem!

Many thanks for your lovely comments and vote, take care.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Wow! I've seem many beautiful buildings in my time - inside and out - but this lovely church has to be one of the best! You say in your hub that it is warm and welcoming, it might just be my imagination, but the photographs also give out this feeling - the photographs are stunning by the way!

That is really interesting about the developers from Japan! I didn't realise that so many young Japanese couples were using Western style churches for their marriage ceremonies. Well they won't get a prettier church anywhere - even if it is a replica - to begin their married life.

Voted up + awesome!


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I stopped by for a few moments of reflection this Sunday afternoon. Thanks for providing such a peaceful place.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a Beautiful old Picturesque Church, both inside and out. Loved your descriptions Movie Master. What a Wonderful Treasure to Hub about! Thank you for sharing this Gem.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Seeker7, it's no wonder the Church is so popular with couples getting married, it has a wonderful intimate, welcoming atmosphere, it really is very lovely.

Thank you for visiting and your fabulous comments and vote, it's very much appreciated, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Good afternoon Mike and welcome, enjoy the peace and quiet, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi b.Malin, this lovely little Church is known as the hidden gem of the Wye Valley and it certainly is!

Thank you for dropping by and your comments, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, take care.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

What a beautiful church! When I saw the picture, I assumed that it was much older. It has a look of antiquity, seems to spring from the Middle Ages. You could really write a whole hub on thatch. I have always pictured thatch as a sort of shaggy yet quaint roof, not what I see here.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Dolores, yes the church is really beautiful inside and out and it does look much older than it is.

I will have to see about writing a hub on thatching, thank you for the idea!

Many thanks for your comments, it's much appreciated, best wishes MM


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

I enjoyed your descriptive words about this beautiful church. Will be interested in the 'thatching' also!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi frogyfish, it's nice to meet you, many thanks for your comments, I'm glad you enjoyed reading.

I will be writing a hub on 'thatching' shortly.

Take care MM


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear MM,

What a beautiful House of Worship..the pictures are beautiful. I can only imagine sitting in there to commune with God..what a wonderful structure.

Thank you for sharing,

Sunnie


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gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

So beautiful! And interesting about the Japanese replica. Thank so much for sharing!


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mondkill 5 years ago

I enjoy the tour MM :) The place is soooo uber beautiful, if only I can go there (Sigh)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sunnie, I wish I could take you there, the atmosphere inside the Church is so spiritual and special.

Many thanks for your comments, take care MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi gryphin423, yes it truly is a beautiful church and wonderful that there is a replica for the Japanese to enjoy as well!

Thank you so much for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mondkill, I wish you could visit, you would love it!

I guess this tour was the next best thing, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Best wishes MM


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi M and M, what a picturesque church, in such a lovely setting. I really miss all the stately homes, castles, churches and cathedrals. I'll be back in the UK next week for three weeks, where I'll have the opportunity to take in some of the amazing architecture.

My two daughters speak Japanese and have been to Japan a few times. I'm sure they will find the replica church interesting, especially its location. Thanks for such a warm delightful hub.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi attemptedhumour, the weather is so mild and sunny here at the moment, I hope it stays that way for your visit and you have a wonderful time here!

I hope your daughters find the replica church interesting!

Many thanks for your comments, take care,MM


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bell du jour 5 years ago from Ireland

Hi MM, what a beautiful building, and a lovely story about the replica being built in Japan! Happy Halloween :-)

Bell


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Hi MM, Great piece of work, Wonderful presentation and so Interesting. Very well done my Friend. Thanks for sharing.

Voted Up.

Best Wishes, Kamalesh


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Bell, it is a beautiful church, thank you so much for dropping by to visit and your lovely comments.

And a very Happy Halloween to you too!

Best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Kamalesh, thank you for visiting our church, I'm so pleased you found it interesting, thank you as always for your comments and support, best wishes my friend MM


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smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, who could ever not behold beauty here is beyond me. thank you for sharing with us. voted up and beautiful.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi smcopywrite, the church is beautiful and the location peaceful, it really is lovely.

Thank you for your comments and votes, best wishes MM


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

it's beautiful, I've never seen a thatched church before, voted up awesome and beautiful


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Mamadrama 5 years ago from Upstate NY

WOW!!! Amazing. Stunning.. thank you for sharing


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Ann, thatched churches are very rare nowadays, this one is beautiful.

Thank you for your comments and votes, it's much appreciated, enjoy your day, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Mamadrama, thank you for visiting our lovely church and your wonderful comments, take care best wishes MM


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molometer 5 years ago

OMW what a gem of a hub,

How beautiful and astonishing in equal measures.

The original church looks stunning and definitely worth a visit.

The Japanese copy way up high in that skyscraper beggars belief. Can you imagine!?

You walk into an ultra modern tower block and on the 21st floor is a thatched church from England. Incredible.

Voted up and all buttons on this one. Well done.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi molometer, I can understand why the Japanese wanted a replica, it's a beautiful church, on the 21st floor though is quite incredible!!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes MM

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