Saturday, 25 June 2011

HAUNTED SANCTUM OF THE ANCIENT SAXONS



Recently, I visited what is the world`s oldest wooden church at Greensted, Essex.
The church is possibly one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever visited, and from the entrance it resembles more to me something from folklore - such as the tale of Hansel and Gretel.
Being very popular with tourists from home and abroad, my visiting time was limited, and being so dark inside, the main shoot was performed on a hand-held night shot camcorder.

                                              Greensted Church, Greenstead, Essex.

Despite a lot of background noise from birds and aircraft, and a nearby sports car enthusiast constantly revving his engine, I was able at least to capture some EVP to share.

I found the church very spiritually active, but wasn`t able to touch base directly with any spiritual presence that would have afforded activity on camcorder.

However, it was a very pleasant experience, and on digital still - but not video cam, I was able to capture some orb related energies which are depicted at the end of the video.

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                                                   12th Century Crusader`s Grave

The church lies about a mile west of Chipping Ongar town centre. Its full title is The Church of St Andrew, Greensted-juxta-Ongar. It is, however, commonly known simply as Greensted Church to locals and tourists alike.

Greensted Church has been situated in its idyllic setting for nearly 1,200 years. And archaeological evidence suggests that, before there was a permanent structure, there may well have been another church, or a holy place, on the site for much longer, possibly dating back to around the 4th century.
Construction of the first permanent church on this site is thought to have begun shortly after St. Cedd began his conversion of the Saxon people around 654. The archaeological remnants of two simple wooden buildings were discovered under the present chancel floor, and these are thought to have been built in the late sixth or early 7th century.
The church's dedication to St. Andrew suggests a Celtic foundation for the original sanctuary. The body of King Edmund of East Anglia (who died in 870 at Hoxne) is said to have rested there in 1013, on its way to reburial at Bury St Edmunds.

The nave is mostly original, and dendrochronological research in the 1960s dated it to 845. In 1995, however, this date was revised to 1053 + 10–55 years (sometime between 1063 and 1108). It is made of large split oak tree trunks, which was a traditional Saxon form of construction; the revised dating would, however, probably reassign it to the early Norman era, suggesting that it was built, or rebuilt, by local craftsmen for the new Lord of the Manor after the Norman Conquest. The flint footings of the chancel wall and the pillar piscina inside the sanctuary are all that remain of any identifiably Norman work.

                                              Some shots showing `orb` anomalies
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