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Church that was ‘essentially a bush’ looks unrecognisable after dramatic transformation

by A.P.

The Friends of Friendless Churches charity has spent the last four years restoring St Denis’ in East Hatley back to its former glory, showcasing some of its earliest surviving medieval features – but the renovation isn’t complete yet

An 800-year-old church which fell into disrepair after decades of disuse has been given an incredible makeover.

St Denis’ is a Grade II listed church in East Hatley, Cambridgeshire, which was abandoned in 1961.

It was taken on by ‘ Friends of Friendless Churches ‘ in 2016 – a charity which saves disused but beautiful old places of worship that are of architectural or historical interest from either demolition decay, or conversion, reports Cambridgeshire Live.

Before the local council committed to repairing the building and handed it over to the Friends, St. Denis’ was “essentially a bush”, said the charity.

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