St John the Evangelist's Church, Purton

Recent Photograph of St John the Evangelist's Church (Purton)

Many of you will probably question my sanity, but I found this small church of 1874 (Waller & Son) to be rather attractive, especially outside. [Ed: not at all! I too find it attractive!]  A sign by the gate proclaimed the church to be open, and the number of visitors in the Visitors' Book is truly amazing. If, like me, a proportion of visitors also shell out GBP1 for a small history, then this church whilst devoid of any interest on the tourist trails must do far better than some of the grander more famous but locked churches which we all come across.

I also visited nearby Breadstone where I was surprised and also pleased to see that the iron church was still standing - see my photo at, and in the book if you have it.

Ed: See also Alf Beard's photograph of St Michael's Church, Breadstone (the ‘Tin Tabernacle’)

(Information provided by Phil Draper)

Image contributed by Phil Draper on 7th March 2005.
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