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St Andrew’s Church, Buckland

St Andrew’s Buckland was originally a Saxon church and  mentioned in the Domesday Book. In the late 12th century work  began on rebuilding the church. The oldest parts are massive  pillars with carved capitals and pointed Early English arches in  the nave and chancel. Early in the 14th century the sanctuary  and the Chapel of St Thomas were added. The small church  remained untouched until the middle of the 19th century. In 1851 the church was deemed too small for the growing  parish and the south aisle was extended the full length of the  nave. In 1880 the nave was doubled in length and a new belfry  added to the west end. In order for the church to be extended the old yew tree in the  churchyard, reputed to be 1,000 years old, had to be moved. In  spring 1880 the old tree had its roots excavated and boxed in  and was then slid along timber rails some 60 feet to the west.  In spite of fears that the move might have fatal consequences  the tree is still going strong over 130 years later.  A plaque on  the fence around the tree states: This ancient tree is estimated to be 1,000 years old. It stood 60 feet to the east until 1880 when it was transplanted to allow  the church to be extended. A deep trench was dug round the  roots, which were supported on timber baulks, rollers placed  beneath and the tree weighing some 56 tons was moved to the  present site.
St Andrew's Church pre 1880.  The old church before the extension of 1880. St Andrew's Church post 1880.  The extension can be seen in the colour change in the roof tiles.  The darker tiles indicate the extent of the orginal church. St Andrew's Yew 1880.  A photograph of the tree being moved. St Andrew's Church c.1900.  The Lychgate. Back to Churches Index