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All Saints Thatched Church in Brockhampton in the Wye Valley
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.
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.
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.
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:-
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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