This year I have been to this location a couple of times. Once in the summer not long after the lockdown started to ease and again this month as Autumn gathers momentum.
First of all, a little bit of history...
The iron church was built in 1883 as the instigation of the Rev. Alfred Ceasar Bishop M.A. (the rector of Bramdean) in order that the commoners, charcoal burners and gypsy itinerants who used Bramdean Common were able to attend a church.
The Reverend's widow endowed the church when she died in 1893 to be held in trust. It is for that reason that the church is now the responsibility of 3 trustees and the current rector, who maintain it through support of a charity set up in it's honour.
I have recently been talking to one of the Trustees in order to ask if we can take a look inside and to learn more about it's history. Delighted to say he was more than happy and suggested we attend a service if we wanted or if not, we could get in contact to organise a private viewing. So will definitely be taking him up on one of those offers at least!
However with Covid restrictions changing all of the time and various personal commitments cropping up, we’ve not had the chance to visit the church inside. So this will now have to wait until Spring of 2021 or whenever things get a lot safer to meet up with people again.
In October I recorded Episode 1 of my new format vlog...