Happy 200th Birthday!

8 October 2012

Happy 200th Birthday! photo

CELEBRATIONS HAVE BEEN HELD at the Church of St Denys, Chilworth, as it celebrates the beginning of its third century of existence.

The Church has survived everything from wartime bombing to a leaking roof, but is still going strong.

Built in 1812 by a local landowner, Peter Searle, the church replaced an earlier, Saxon building, which had reached virtual dereliction. Two bells and a Norman font survive from the original building, and are still in use today.

The Revd Peter Gilks spoke of a "very special occasion."

"The church today is very much as it was when it was built," he said.
"It's very much a period piece."

Open day

On Saturday 13 October, the church will be open all day, with a historical exhibition on display at nearby Fowler's Walk.