Part of the Church Micro series. This historic small church is worthy of a cache, so now it has one. All cachers should be able to access this one, although it may be a bit of a stretch. Please bring your own pen/cil.
Thanks firstly to Sadexploration for formalising the church micro series. This is my first church micro cache, I hope that you enjoy it.
The cache is placed just outside the ground, but within 30 metres of the church. There is a very informative information board just inside the gate which gives a detailed history of Tattenhoe.
The site is accessible at all times and can be approached either from the car park at the church, or by crossing the Tattenhoe Pavilion sports grounds.
The church is a listed building and the grounds are a scheduled ancient monument, so whilst I would encourage you all to go have a look around, please respect this status.
There is ample parking at GZ.
Also on Tattenhoe are the protected properties at Howe Park Wood and Water Spinney, both ancient woodland areas. These are well worth a visit while you are in the area.
St. Giles Church, Tattenhoe:
The current St Giles Church dates from the 1540, but it is thought that there has been a church on this site since at least AD 1100 - Some of the yew trees in the grounds have been dated to this period. The current church was built from stones reclaimed from the nearby Snelshall Priory.
There used to be a village called Tattenhoe beneath what is now the meadows adjacent to the church, however this disappeared from the records without any documented reason at some point.
For a period of 460 years or so the church was kept open just to provide a place of worship for the inhabitants of the three farms in Tattenhoe and a small number of people from the nearby settlements of Whaddon, Newton Longville, Shenley and Loughton.
The church was popular amongst the locals, apparently, as access to it involved walking across the fields as there were no footpaths or roads leading to it until the 1950's, when the farmer at Howe Park Farm built a single track access road from the Whaddon Road to his farm, and allowed worshippers to use it for access to the church..
St Giles Church now sits in the middle of the Tattenhoe housing estate but is protected land. The church itself is Grade 2* Listed and it sits inside the Tattenhoe Manor Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The church is still in regular use despite having no utilities connected.
If anybody would like to expand to this series please do, I would just ask that you could let Sadexploration know first so he can keep track of the Church numbers and names to avoid duplication
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