Church Micro 1632...Crowhurst
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St George's, Crowhurst
St Georges Church, is one of the most interesting churches locally, as much of the building is original and has escaped the major renovation work that took place in the 19th century.
Much of the building dates from the latter part of the 12th century, although the nave belongs to a church of much earlier date and probably formed the body of a small church dating from either the late 11th or early 12th century.
The first enlargement appears to have been made about 1190, when the south aisle was added, and the beginning of the 13th century the chancel was built.
The church was kept the same until early in the 15th century, when the building was thoroughly restored, the east end of the chancel rebuilt, and many new windows inserted.
The churchyard sports one of the oldest trees in England, a giant yew estimated to be anything from 1,000 to 4,000 years old depending on which source you believe.
It was hollowed out on 1820 with tables and chairs put inside as well as a roof. This vandalism, as we would regard it now, is only seen in the door still present in the trunk.
While they were hollowing it out, local villagers found an old cannon ball already covered partly by growing wood, which is said to have dated from the civil war in 1643. Despite being taken briefly by a Canadian soldier, it was found in the evacuation of the Canadian camp during the 2nd World War and returned to the church.
The first record of it being measured was in 1630, when its girth was 30 feet around. In 1994 it was measured again at 31 foot 6 inches, showing how slow growing these ancient trees are.
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Parking is available for one car at N51 12.569 W000 0.592.
The co-ordinates given above are for the The Crowhurst Yew tree, one of 50 Great British Trees designated as such by The Tree Council in June ABCD.
Now please go to N51 EA.(A+D+E) (3D+E) (A+D) W000 B.(3D) (A) (4A) to discover the age that Robert Kelsey’s daughter was when she died: FG
To find the cache, please make your way to:
N51 EA.(F) (G) (2F-E) W000 C.(G+E) (B) (F+G)
If anybody would like to expand to this series please do, I would just ask that you could please let Sadexploration know first so he can keep track of the Church numbers and names to avoid duplication.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum