All Saints, Vange

Church Details


Redundancy Date
2/14/1996
Visited
03/08/2003 & 18/12/2005
Locking Status
Consult church website for opening details
Built
Norman
Restoration
1837
Restoration Architect
T. Sneezum
Website
http://www.visitchurches.org.uk


External Images

All Saints, Vange Church - Seen here, from the Southeast, the casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that Vange church has looked as idyllic as this for centuries.

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All Saints, Vange Church - Again, from this view, it seems that little could ever have been wrong for this little church ...

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All Saints, Vange Church - ... however, on my first visit (2003), things looked rather different. Here, you can see the boarded up east window.\n
Unfortunately, Vange church was made redundant in the early 1990s. It was subjected to much vandalism and abuse in the intervening years. Shortly after my first visit, though, I was informed that the church had passed into the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, who were going to 'make safe' the building.\n
The architect for Vange church is Alan Greening, who has, in my opinion, done a splendid job of restoring this church to it's former glory.\n

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All Saints, Vange Church - The North door, with very tidy belfry sitting atop the church.

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All Saints, Vange Church - And a similar view, before restoration work was commenced.

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All Saints, Vange Church - As far as I am aware, the belfry now proudly sitting on top of 
the church is completely new.

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All Saints, Vange Church - It seems that the old one was unfortunately beyond repair.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The now tidy West end of the church.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The church, as it is today, from the Northwest.

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All Saints, Vange Church - And a similar view, before work was started.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The S wall of the church, showing the S door, and the blocked 
Norman window.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The same side of the church, before repair work. Note the 
outline of a S porch in the brickwork. This has now been removed.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The blocked Norman S window as it is today ...

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All Saints, Vange Church - ... and as it looked before the CCT's intervention.

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All Saints, Vange Church - Clearly shown here, is the outline of the S porch.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The extent of the decaying fabric of the church is evident 
here ...

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All Saints, Vange Church - When I originally saw the extent of this crack in the W wall, 
I really did think that Vange church would not be standing for much longer. 
Fortunately I was wrong.

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Internal Images

All Saints, Vange Church - The full view to the E, taken from underneath the W gallery.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The chancel.

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All Saints, Vange Church - Looking W through the chancel arch.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The view from the pulpit.

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All Saints, Vange Church - A good view of the West end of the church, clearly showing the 
gallery and the original font below.
See more on churches with west galleries at:

http://www.westgallerychurches.com.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The rood stairs. Information at the back of the church 
describes how the external walls of the rood stairs were effectively dismantled 
stone-by-stone during the restoration, and then carefully pieced back together 
again.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The nave from the W gallery - it is interesting to compare 
this with the image in the "Postcards" tab.

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All Saints, Vange Church - Tiles were used in the restoration of the chancel arch.

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Glass Images

All Saints, Vange Church - The remaining coloured glass from the E window.
Ben, the keyholder who kindly showed us around, explained that 
much of the broken glass was collected from the floor, and is now displayed in 
an ornamental fashion at St Chad's church (also in Vange).

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All Saints, Vange Church - The E window.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The replacement S window. Much of the original lead work is 
still around, but was too badly damaged to be put back into use.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The West window, as seen from the West gallery.

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Monument Images

All Saints, Vange Church - To the memory of Mary the vertuous wife of 
George Maule Rector of this Parish, & Charles their Onely Child: Shee was the 
daughter of Justinian Champneis of Wrotham, and of Sarah, daughter of John 
Darell of Calehill in Kent, Esquires.

Shee dyed Septemb. 4th 1659.

Reader, putt of thy shooes, thou tread'st on Holy earth,
Where lyes the rarest Phoenix, and Her Onely Birth;
Whom Shee survived; O strange unheard of wonder!
But (Alas;) now dead, those pavements buried under:
Lament her loss, the world growes worse; of her rare brood
There is None left to breed the like; Shee was so good:
Blest Saint! onee myne AEquall; O might I now adore thee!
Thy bliss, My loss, that thou to rest art gon before mee:
O let thy Cinders warme that Bed of dust for mee,
(Thy mournfull Husband) till I come to ly by Thee.

Lugens fudit G: M: supradict
Sacr. Theolog. Baccalaur.

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All Saints, Vange Church - Georgius Maule S.T.B.
triginta tres annos
hujus Eclesiae Pastor
Spe certa resurrectionis futurae
per Christum, ad gloriam
exuvias carnis suae, prope cineres
Mariae uxoris ejus, heic juxta reponi
vivens, curavit, excessit

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All Saints, Vange Church - Beneath this Marble
are deposited the Mortal Remains of the
Revd David James
Eldest Son of the late Mr John James
of Handir in Cardiganshire;
and near 20 Years Curate of this Parish,
who died April 18th 1806.
In the 46th Year of his Age.

Also Elizabeth James daughter of the above
died March 20th 1804. Aged 8 Months.

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Miscellaneous Images

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All Saints, Vange Church - Fragments of a wall painting, on the S chancel wall.

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Postcard Images

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All Saints, Vange Church - A copy of a picture displayed inside the church, depicting the 
building in it's working life.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The nave, before restoration, taken from the West gallery. 
Again, taken from a picture on display inside the church.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The chancel, before work commenced. Note the shattered E 
window. Fragments of which have been used in the current E window. Again, taken 
from a picture on display inside the church.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The West end, before repairs commenced. Taken 
from a picture on display within the church.

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All Saints, Vange Church - The condition of the roof, before repairs commenced. Taken 
from a picture on display within the church.

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