Looking like a 1930s building, this church , designed by Stephen Dykes Bower was actually built in the 1960s and 70s to serve the new Arbury Estate.
Good description, but more correctly it is Holy Sepulchre Church, built to imitate the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is one of only 5 surviving round churches of the 11th and 12 cents. in England. It is now a “Visitor Centre”; the congregation having relocated to St Andrew the Great.
The castle is no longer but leaves a church of flint and stone. The (aisleless)nave roof is king posted with tie beams on head corbels. Only the dado remains of the rood screen.
An absolutely stunning Norman church, and bits of it are even older, some recycled from Roman buildings that used to be there. It’s covered inside and out in fascinating carvings. There are animals, people, men fighting, and if you look carefully you can read the date – 1124, or is it 1114 or 1104?
Methodists have worshipped in Chesterton for over 200 years beginning with outdoor preaching in the mid to late 18th century, then ‘cottage meetings’ in the early 19th century. The first ‘Wesleyan’ chapel was opened in 1858 and is still standing on the High Street (now Chesterton Working Mens Club). The current site is the third Methodist site in the ‘village’, purchased in the 1930’s at the same time as the Hundred Houses Society began to build social housing just across the fields.
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