ENGLAND’S CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
During our time in England we have searched for places where some of our Christian heritage originated.
Here are sites we have visited in 2016.
Bedford, UK - We travelled to Bedford to see the sites where John Bunyan (author of Pilgrim’s Progress) lived, preached and was imprisoned. The Statue of John Bunyan on St Peter's Green in Bedford was erected in 1874, and unveiled on June 10th of that year. The statue was commissioned by the Ninth Duke of Bedford and presented by him to Bedford town.
To see more pictures of our visit to Bedford and sites related to John Bunyan, please click here.
St. John the Evangelist, Redhill - J. B. Phillips, English Bible scholar, translator, author was vicar here. He is most noted for his version of The New Testament in Modern English. During World War II, while a minister at Church of the Good Shepherd in Lee, London, he found the young people in his church did not understand the Authorized Version of the Bible. He used the time in the bomb shelters during the London Blitz, to begin a translation of the New Testament into modern English, starting with the Epistle to the Colossians. The results appealed to the young people who found it easier to understand.
In the church yard of St. John the Evangelist, Redhill, is this gravestone for Elizabeth Gordon Hull who served as a missionary in India for 37 years.
St Albans, UK - We finally met Mark Shepherd whose website has been so valuable as we have searched out places of Christian Heritage. We visited Mark in his St. Albans home, north of London. He is ready to publish another website of Wales’ Christian Heritage! Please pray for Mark and his ministry.
How honored we were for Mark to take us on a guided tour of St. Albans Cathedral! St Alban’s story and this place built in his honor date back to the beginning of the Christian faith in Britain. He is said to have been the first British Christian martyr, beheaded on this property in the third century.
St. Albans Cathedral and Abbey – This main gate is the oldest original part of the Abbey. The structures have a variety of different stones, some dating back to the Roman days.
George Tankerfield was burned at the stake 1555 on the site of St. Albans Cathedral.
Brompton Oratory, London, founded by J H Newman in 1884
St. Margaret Pattens, London, dates back 1067, at which time the church was probably built from wood. It was rebuilt in stone at some unknown subsequent date but fell into disrepair and had to be demolished in 1530. It was rebuilt in 1538 but was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The present church was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1687. It is one of only a few City churches to have escaped significant damage in the Second World War.
Chiddingstone – St. Mary the Virgin Church has 13th century origins but was substantially rebuilt in the 14th century.
This lovely tapestry is inside St. Mary the Virgin Church, Chiddingstone
St. Andrews Church, Farnham
St. Andrews Church, Farnham has a plaque to Augustus Toplady, an Anglican cleric and hymn writer who wrote the hymn “Rock of Ages”. He was born in Farnham and baptized here in 1740.
Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778) was born in a cottage in Farnham. This memorial tablet is engraved on a stone that was taken from Burrington Combe in Somerset, where a cleft in the rock inspired Toplady's most famous hymn “Rock of Ages”.
Waverly Abbey was founded when a small group of monks from France settled in this quiet spot by the River Wey in 1128. It was dissolved with the in 1536, as part of King Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Pictures from 2015
Pictures from 2014
Pictures from 2013
The church we attend was founded by C. H. Spurgeon.