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  Picture of the church of St. Andrew, Greensted-juxta-Ongar, Essex, England   The church of St. Andrew at Greensted-juxta-Ongar about 10 miles from Epping.

The wooden walls of the nave date from about the 11th century although the tower is a later addition and is, I believe, from the 17th century.

The atmosphere in this little churchyard on a sunny day is absolutely magical! Should you go anywhere near Chipping Ongar this church is an absolute must.

 

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  Photograph of Greensted Church, the oldest wooden church in Britain, Essex, England   Greensted Church.

The porch, dormer windows and the walls of the nave can be seen in this view. The brickwork of the chancel and sanctuary is Tudor.

The nave walls are built from oak tree trunks, brought from Epping Forest, which have been split down the middle.

 

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  Picture of Greensted Church, Essex - The oldest wooden church in England   Greensted Church.

The log walls can be clearly seen in this view looking towards the porch and the shape of the tree trunks are easily distinguished.

These log walls are between 900 and 1000 years old and the church is known as the oldest wooden church in the world.

 

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