Coemgein Freeman (coemgein) wrote in abandonedplaces,
Coemgein Freeman
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First Post - Clophill Church, Bedfordshire, England

This is Clophill Church, on top of a tall hill overlooking the local countryside. The spot is fantastically desolate and is a good half hour to forty five minutes walk from the centre of the village. This was part of the reason for its downfall - it was too far to walk for the flock and too small.

For years it served as the place of worship, then as a mortuary chapel but now it has been left to rot and decay in quiet peace since the turn of the 20th century. However, the church sadly has a black history. In the sixties and seventies vandals desecrated several graves, exhuming the bones and arranging them into pentagrams (some think that a crude Black Mass was performed - I believe it was just macabre people looking to cause a stir.) More information about the chapel and its history can be found here.

Interestingly, as a consequence of the grave robbing, the existing tombs that were still inside the church were moved out, and all the headstones were removed from their plots and arranged against the surrounding walls of the graveyard. This makes for an eerie sight - the grass around the building is full of lumps and bumps which are obviously the graves of people; the tombstones sit silently, almost watching you. Despite that, and what has happened, it is a peaceful place and I have never felt any ill feelings (contrary to the feelings of a thousand amateur ghost hunters...)

These were taken with a basic camera phone, and so are not as sharp as the exquisite pictures I have seen on here since joining.

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