An Homage

An Homage

“He spent fifteen years getting loaded
Fifteen years ’till his liver exploded
Now what’s Bob gonna do now that he can’t drink?”

NOFX – Bob

A couple more images taken from Berners Roding Church as it slowly crumbles into the ground.

The images in this short series are all HDR images produced using Photomatix and have also all had additional processing using On One’s Photo Tools in Photoshop.

You can see in the image above the sunlight breaking through the back wall as well as the crumbling wall and wrecked floorboards.

To the Field Day! That look such an optimistic sign in such a run down place.

Berners Roding Church To The Field Day

If you’ve been following this blog you will now know that I enjoy photographing Churches and derelict buildings…so what could be better than to find a derelict Church!

Berners Roding Church is certainly in a poor state. Rumour has it that it may be sold for residential use, though the graveyard has certainly been used relatively recently and some of the graves do appear to be tended. Inside you can see sunlight streaming in through the large cracks down the walls, the floor is exposed to the boards which are badly damaged. All that said, it does seem to be remarkably watertight!

So, a brief series of pictures from Berners Roding commences with a view through a broken window into the church:

And here we have a view of the chancel and Altar looking down the Church, the damage to the floor very clearly shown.

Berners Roding Church Chancel

More tomorrow…

Inside the church you can see that some work is needed to bring the Church into pristine condition, but the church boasts a nice collection of stained glass and an attractive altar. Here’s a picture of the chancel including the altar:

Looking around I came across the following wooden box that contained a collection of cards with numbers on it used to display the hymns to be sung in the services.

The Numbers Game

Serving a farming village with a population of only around 180 it is, perhaps, of little surprise that repair work falls behind which is a real shame – it would be a pity to lose this church to dereliction as the church at Berners Roding has done (and more on that soon) – so if you are passing pop in, have a look round, and maybe donate something to its upkeep.


Approaching the Church at Beauchamp Roding

So, as you walk through the gate you are actually approaching the rear of the church.

The rear of Beauchamp Roding Church and part of the graveyard

Walking round the front of the Church (where the West Tower is) you pass the original door which is no longer used. Coming round the Tower you see the South Porch which was rebuilt in 1870

A view of the South Porch at Beauchamp Roding Church

And from here we can take a quick peek through the porch into the Church itself


Peeking through the door at Beauchamp Roding Church from the South Porch
Tomorrow we’ll take a look inside.

At the weekend I headed out towards North Weald – I had a particular target for some old derelict premises I wanted to photograph – more on that later this week. On my way, and out of the corner of my eye I spotted a church I had not noticed before. I turned round at the first opportunity and headed back – this is what I’d seen:

Way out there deep in the fields is a church – click on the image to get a closer view if you need to. To reach it you drive up a bumpy track for 400 yards or so and you find St Botolph’s Church. Even when you get a bit closer it’s difficult to see anything.

By the way, its pronounced “Beecham”

More from the Church soon.

Beauchamp Roding Church Approach

The second entry on this blog was about Tilty Church, and promised a series of images, this so far has not materialised! So, without further ado:

The first thing you see as you enter Tilty Church is the Font. This was made from excavated material from the Abbey dating from the 12th and 13th century. The Font cover was made much more recently.

Tilty Font Cover

Broxted Church has two specially commissioned stained glass windows – The Captivity and Freedom Windows designed by John Clark and illustrated here.

For more information on Broxted Church see our earlier post by clicking here

The Freedom Window Broxted Church

Hovering high in the sky is this rather impressive organ which was being tuned to within an inch of its life when this picture was taken – single, high pitched notes blasted at you for long periods of time is probably not the best way to hear the organ!

More from the Cathedral soon

The second image in the Broxted Church series and we’re leaving already!

Don’t worry, we’ll be back inside Broxted Church soon.