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julie.kelly@westmeon.hants.sch.uk

West Meon Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Learning Together Respecting Each Other

The Church in the Woods

In 1883 the reverend Alfred  Caesar Bishop, built the Church in the Woods so that the commoners, charcoal burners and itinerant gypsies who seasonally occupied Bramdean Common would be able to attend church.  His wife, Louisa Frances Bishop, then left monies in her will for an endowment that would secure it's upkeep.

The church took five days to build and is made from corrugated iron and timber.  The church bell sits in a turret and an iron steeple points skywards.  There is a weather vane on the top.

Today, the Church in the Woods is commonly know as "The Gypsy Church".  Class 1 visited the church on Friday 26th January .  They had a lovely walk and  talked about the history of the church and  they had to draw the bell and the weather vane