A look at Greenstead Church, one of the oldest in the country, near Epping Forest in Essex.
M/Ss of two modern churches; commentator talks of them lacking the character that some of our old churches had.
M/S of an old church at Greenstead, Essex. We are told that "timber from nearby Epping Forest was used in this beautiful chapel a thousand years ago", as we see C/U of the windows on the roof with carved wooden edges and decoration; tilt down to show timber panels on the side of the church. C/U of the panels; panning right to show more of the same.
C/U of a hole carved in the wood so that lepers could look through and see the service (it looks too close to the ground to me; maybe they put their foot in the hole and looked through further up in the wall!). C/U of part of the carved roof; M/S of some gravestones in the ground that are overgrown with grass; tilt up to show a side door in the church.
M/S of the church spire with a weather vane on the top. M/s of the church as the vicar comes out of the doorway and walks across the grass holding an historic bible; C/U of the bible which has wooden covers and a metal cross on the front. C/U of the vicar who looks to the left; C/U of a Saxon gravestone; tilt up to show a wooden cross above it where one side of the cross has broken off; commentator says it's the only known Saxon grave in the country. M/S of the church with the Saxon grave in the foreground.
Note: On file is a small newspaper article about the church by Big Chief I-Spy, and a little leaflet about the history of Greenstead Church. See out takes on *PM0129* CP 318 OLD CHURCH.