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.