If you are after some stimulating winter dowsing out of the cold winds and rain, you might find redundant churches well worth a visit.

A ‘redundant’ church (or, as they are now officially called, ‘closed churches’) are those whose congregations dropped off to such an extent that regular services were declared unviable. Many such churches are situated in out-of-the-way rural locations – sometimes very beautiful. Amongst them you will find a good number of ‘old’ churches (i.e. those of originally pre-Norman or Norman construction) as well as more recent churches of architectural or historical interest.

Such churches are still consecrated, and, being historic buildings, often end up in the care of a national charity called the Churches Conservation Trust, where the building is minimally maintained in fading grandeur awaiting any potential buyer. In the meantime, they are open to the public to visit in all but the strictest lockdowns and, ironically, are thus easier to get inside to dowse these days than churches in use. In rural cases you may sometimes be the only visitor there.

To select a suitable redundant church to visit near you, start by checking out the illustrated list (‘Our churches’) on the Churches Conservation Trust website. There you will find an unfortunate number of them, such as St. Anthony’s Church at Roseland in Cornwall,  plus a widespread Devon collection, including St. Mary’s Church at North Huish, St. Michael and All Angels at Princetown and the Mediaeval Holy Trinity Church at Torbryan. There are more.

Churches always offer some interesting energy lines and features to find, some which you could find in other secular locations, plus others which are more specifically associated with church sites.

An example of the latter is the distinctive underground water line pattern of the ‘old’ church of Norman or pre-Norman origin. A straight water line will run up the east/west axis of the church. Crossing this within the 6-8 ft wide, multi-banded, church line, is a secondary water line. Their intersection marks the original position of the church font (many fonts have since been moved). This pattern is so consistent you can use it to indicate the church’s origins and a similar pattern has been found under stone circles. Perhaps the church was originally built on one of them?………..To continue reading please click here

Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan, Devon.

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