Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Knowlton Church - architectural details

I have driven past this church several times without noticing it - it took a TV programme to draw it to my attention. It is unusual in that it sits inside a Neolithic henge - a good example of the way that the early Christians staked a claim to earlier religious sites.

The henge is the earthwork which you can just see in front of the yew trees. it is a circle with two entrances. In the middle ages yews were believed to keep witches away. so it is not surprising that there are several of them.

As you can see, the tiny church is now in ruins.

The tower from the knave

The tower from the inside looking up.

The tower from outside.

The rear of the church

Another prehistoric earthwork just outside the henge.
Although it was a grey day, the views from the earthwork were stunning.
Yet more yews