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Good Morning Everyone,

This church is absolutely amazing!

Who would expect to find a church as huge and as grand as this, on the outskirts of a small village with a population of a few hundred!

It is the church of St. Michael's and All Angels, a 19th century church, which is an entire rebuild of an earlier medieval church (which it partly encloses).

The rebuilding, which took place between 1876 and 1900, was planned and overseen by the incumbent rector, Reverend Elwin, a descendant of Pocahontas.

He had no qualifications in architecture but great enthusiasm and managed to raise the money for his vision. Edwin Lutyens described the church as 'very naughty but built in the right spirit'.

The church is in an eccentric French Gothic style, with slender twin west towers, nave chancel, north porch and south chapel. The nave is very large, with huge wooden angel figures holding up the roof.

The church is known locally as the 'Cathedral in the Fields'.

The building is redundant for worship these days but is regularly used for 'Champing'.
First there was camping, then there was glamping, and now, there's Champing. Camping inside a church, gives you exclusive use of some of the UK's greatest listed buildings for the most unforgettable sleepover of your life. It also provides an important use for these buildings which otherwise would become forgotten.

A slightly different view in my workshop.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey through the history of Booton Church, Bev :-)

ikeharel, jean113, Fis2, holmertz, pierrefonds, jhm, dale54, PiotrF, PaulVDV, adramad has marked this note useful

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8096 W: 340 N: 18708] (73958)
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