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Church Micro 6880...Dagnall

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Hidden : 12/10/2014
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Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Dagnall is a small hamlet with a population of about 500 in the Parish of Ellesborough.  This cache is part of the Church Micro series and can be found by gathering clues from All Saints Church and then working out the final co-ordinates from these with a spot of light maths.

Please be VERY careful when attempting this cache as it is near a very busy road junction. Please park considerately and, if you have to cross the road, do so very carefully.

All Saints Church

There has been a church in Dagnall since at least 1322.  Dagnall had a Chapel of Ease dedicated to the Saints of All Hallows. In early notices of Edlesborough Parish, allusion is made to the Advowson of the Church of Dagnall. There was a Chantry in this Church or Chapel founded by licence from Henry Bishop of Lincoln in 1322. "To find a Priest for ever to the intent to sing Mass daily in the Chapel of Dagnall for the soul of Sir Henry Spigurnell, Knight Founder of the same and for the soul of his wife June, their children, parents, etc." This licence further states that "it was of great ease to the most part of the parishioners because many of them dwelt four miles from the said Parish Church who resorted to the Chapel of Dagnel to hear Divine Service there. From this record it is evident that there was a Chapel originally designed for public worship prior to 1322 and that the Chantry was an additional and subsequent foundation. The Chantry was dissolved about 1549 when the yearly income was £3.18.8 1/2. No trace or remains of this early chapel now exist.

Previously, a methodist chapel was nearby, but when that was damaged by a V2 rocket in 1945, the buildings were irreprably damaged and eventually, the methodist worshippers were welcomed into All Saints to share the church and the methodist chapel was finally demolished in 1969.

The current church of All Saints itself was erected in 1863 at the expense of the last Lord Brownlow.  The seven farms that surrounded the village, together with nineteen cottages, the Mission Church and the parsonage, belonged to the Ashridge estate. Lord Brownlow was responsible for the curate's living.

The church has been expanded twice since it was built.  It also features a rather nice Compton electrone organ model 357 (there are videos of it being played on You Tube if you search for them).

N51 50.ABD W000 33.(A+C) A (E+F-G)


A is the number of doors on the right hand side of the building (as you are facing the chapel entrance)

BC is the number of windows along the top of the wall, above the first sloping roof, on the right hand side of the building

D is the number of men of Dagnall commemorated on the Great War Memorial

EFG On the blue church sign. The number of years the church has been serving the whole community

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