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05/15/07

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Church moves in mysterious ways

According to a recent BBC article a "portable" church in West Yorkshire is on the move - for the second time in its history.

St James's Church in Baildon is a wooden tongue-and-groove structure which was transported 200 miles from Essex on a traction engine in 1904.

Now the Grade II listed building is moving a mere 23 metres as part of a £750,000 refurbishment project.

The move will allow a new meeting room to be built and a biblical-themed garden created around it.

The garden will contain many plants and trees mentioned in the bible such as palm, fig, olive and a Cedar of Lebanon. There will be benches nearby and plaques depicting the relevant biblical verses.

There will also be a wildflower meadow and a water feature representing the Jordan Valley - with different pools symbolising the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea.

Full BBC Article Here

The proposed plans sound lovely, and we wish them luck in their move. Some historians disapprove of this type of uprooting, but I believe it is far better to move a site, then to see it destroyed by a wrecking ball. The latter being an all too common, and sad fate of many unique buildings here in Canada.

Enditall

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