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England’s Smallest Church?
England’s smallest church is St Beuno’s Church in Culbone according to
some sources. Culbone is a Somerset Hamlet located in Exmoor National Park. The contender for England’s smallest church is only accessible by foot; a two mile walk from Porlock Weir, one of the most beautiful places in Somerset.
A little more research reveals that St. Beuno’s may, no longer, hold the title of England’s smallest church! Slightly more famous in Britain are St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Gloucester Cathedral (popular with Harry Potter fans) or even St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. Sir Chrisptoher Wren’s St. Paul’s Cathedral is 158 m long, with the 111 m high dome visible from much of central London. In contrast St. Beuno’s is a mere ten metres (35 feet) long, seats just 30 people and is inaccessible by road.
Though only 10 feet wide, Culbone Church is not the smallest church in England according to the Guinness Book of Records. That title is held by Bremilham Church near Malmesbury in Wiltshire. England’s smallest church is 4 m by 3.4 m. The church was consecrated 30 years ago and the building was used by its previous owners for storing turkeys. Today the building is used by a different type of flock!
A five mile (7.5 kilometre) circular walk, will take you from Porlock Weir to the hamlet of Culbone, through oak and walnut woodland, along the Southwest Coast Path. The steady climb has some spectacular views across the Bristol Channel.
The post photo shows a jfFrank shot in Culbone of the Hamlet’s church: St Beuno’s Church, not the smallest church in England, but still pretty small. The church is probably pre-Norman in origin and the body at least dates to the 11th century. It is recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086. We post regularly on exhibitions at London photography galleries. We also post on a wide range of topics from travel to healthy living. Each post features jfFrank photos. Have a look through our galleries and other posts to find out more about us and our work. The site features photo galleries on four themes: Memories, Moments, Escapes & Places. Follow links to explore.
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