TL1431 : St. Mary's Church, Pirton

taken 9 years ago, near to Pirton, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

St. Mary's Church, Pirton
St. Mary's Church, Pirton
The 12th century church had to be extensively rebuilt between 1876 and 1883. Funds had been raised to restore the tower in 1876 but inspection revealed that, although the upper part of the tower was relatively sound, the lower part was in extremely poor condition and was condemned as being beyond repair. The new tower was opened in 1877. During the dismantling of the tower, it was noted that the roof of the nave was also in poor condition and a 'Twenty thousand shilling' restoration appeal was launched by the vicar's wife, Mrs Loughborough. It was not until 1882 that a start was made on rebuilding the nave and it was completed in the following year.

The Lawson Thompson Scrapbook in Hitchin Museum has a photograph taken on 12th July 1876, showing the tower corner-stone laying ceremony with the tower completely dismantled. My photograph, by coincidence, was taken only a day away from the 144th anniversary of the ceremony.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 11 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 20 July, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 1470 3167 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:58.3005N 0:19.9005W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 1471 3170
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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