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Subject: Re: [Ess] The old church at Layer Breyton
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 11:14:17 EST
In a message dated Mon, 14 Jan 2008 17:13:26 +1100 GMT Standard Time,
I wonder if any of you gifted people can tell me when the last services were
conducted at the old church at Layer Breyton before it was demolished?
I believe that there were services held in an old barn across the road
happily called St. Barnabus.
It is thought the church may have been made damaged by the 1884 earthquake
and by the time Rev Francis Owston was installed in 1892 the building was known
to be unsafe. Funds to build 'St Barnabas' (the adapted barn) were being
raised in 1902 and the church itself was demolished in 1915. The current church
was built closer to Birch to the same pattern as the old church as the
parishes of Birch and Layer Breton had been united in 1908.
There is a website covering the histories of the parishes of Birch, Little
Birch and Layer Breton at _www.russellgrant.fsnet.co.uk/history/index.htm_
(http://www.russellgrant.fsnet.co.uk/history/index.htm) with some downloadable
histories of the parishes. You might find some pointer to help you here. For
an idea of life in these typical Essex villages I recommend the Centenary
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