Whitchurch Canonicorum

On a journey back from a break in Cornwall (hopefully I’ll get time to post some images from that shortly) we stopped in the tiny village of Whitchurch Canonicorum and the church of  Church of St Candida and Holy Cross which is unusual as being the only religious site (other than Westminster Abbey) in England to have survived the Reformation with its relics intact.

Shrine of Saint Wite (Latinised as Saint Candida)
The only shrine in Britain to have survived the Reformation with its relics intact, apart from that of Saint Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey

But is obviously still a working church.

It has some fun exterior and interior gargoyles.

And walking around the back shows a fascinating mix of architecture acquired in it’s long life.

Jumble of Architecture
Church of St Candida and Holy Cross.

 

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