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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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  • We fancied going out somewhere local on Sunday afternoon, and my wife found this interesting Essex church, which dates back about 1300 years to the Saxon period. The name 'Essex' is actually a Saxon d...  more »
  • What a peaceful place this is. The church is quaint and still so authentic. The building is so well kept and the surroundings are beautiful - this is a somewhere you would want to be for quiet reflect...  more »
  • This is a little piece of medieval England, built in the style of, and probably dating from Saxon times . Bring predominantly built of timber, God alone knows how often it has been rebuilt over the ce...  more »
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