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Greensted Church

Greensted Church is the oldest wooden church in the world. The 51 split oak boards still in situ in the nave date from around 1060, and excavations have shown two previous structures on the site, from the 6th and 7th centuries. Renovations were undertaken in the late 19th century, and 1990, and the spire was re-shingled in oak in 2005.

A 12th century crusader is buried in the graveyard, and a small hole bored into the woodwork on the north-western side of the building is said to have served the purpose of allowing lepers, who were banned from inside the church, to receive a blessing.

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Greensted Church, Ongar, Epping Forest District (View on Map)
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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