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Greensted Church, Ongar

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Greensted Church, in the small village of Greensted-juxta-Ongar, near Chipping Ongar in Essex, England, is the oldest wooden church in the world, and probably the oldest wooden building in Europe still standing, albeit only in part, since few sections of its original wooden structure remain. The oak walls are often classified as remnants of a palisade church or a kind of early stave church, dated either to the mid-9th or mid-11th century.The church lies about a mile west of Chipping Ongar town centre. Its full title is The Church of St Andrew, Greensted-juxta-Ongar. It is, however, commonly known simply as Greensted Church. Greensted is still a functioning church and holds services every week. The volume of tourist visits is light, but steady. The church was featured on a British postage stamp issued in 1972.HistoryGreensted Church has stood for nearly 1,200 years. Archaeological evidence suggests that, before there was a permanent structure, there may well have been another church, or a holy place, on the site for much longer, possibly dating back to around the 4th century.Construction of the first permanent church on this site is thought to have begun shortly after St Cedd began his conversion of the East Saxon people around 654. The archaeological remnants of two simple wooden buildings were discovered under the present chancel floor, and these are thought to have been built in the late sixth or early 7th century.
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  • July 27, 2017
    There was wide to get to Stansted on time. So as we had not too many cap on the M25 we are offered a detour by the Greensted Church. And it's really worth the detour. A marvel huddled in the campaign. 20' break in the middle of the time. To do.
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  • July 4, 2017
    I went for an evening ride not expecting much from this little church and was very positively surprised. Beautifully preserved church in eerie settings. There was a guide available at the spot, and to...  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    This church is somewhere to savour quietly. Don't rush it. Absorb the atmosphere. Absorb the history. Think of those who have trodden here in the last 1000 years: crusaders, lepers, woodmen. Love it a...  more »
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  • A truly wonderful old church, Much of it dates back to Anglo - Saxon times. Has its own unique atmosphere. Well worth a visit even though it is off the beaten track.
  • A lovely old church filled with atmosphere in stunning scenery. .
  • What a wonderful Small little peace of history.u can buy local essex honey inside as well.if u have time there is walkway for country walk as well
  • Actually listed as oldest wooden church in the WORLD..well parts of it at least. It's got a Leper's hole and everything...even a Crusader buried by the front door...what more could you want from a church. Smashing!
  • I saw this church in 1989. To stand there and try to imagine all the history that took place here is an awesome moment.

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