Renee Manley (rmanley) wrote in little_details,
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English Country Churches

I've done several searches using country, rural, church, England, history, 19th century for some of my keywords. I've specified English counties (Cumbria and Somerset, specifically) and even zeroed in on a random church (St. Bartholomew's Church in Foston, Leicestershire) just to get an idea. All the information I got pretty much focused on the church's location, architecture, and history, but nothing more specific for what I need.

My question is this: in the mid-19th century (location: Somerset, or Exmoor to be exact), were country churches open, outside their usual services, to the public? Did it depend on the denomination (Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Methodist)?

I'm writing about a casual visitor who decides to go inside a church to study it or simply spend some time meditating. It's a spur-of-the-moment decision for him, and he wanders into a random church tucked away in a pretty lonely area without the help or permission of a churchwarden (or whoever has the key).
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