Do you happen to live in or near London?

Most of the 12 “Champing,” (It appears that the Churches Conservation Trust has totally trademarked that term, BTW), locations are within a few hours of London, so this is great for folks who live in the metro:

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That’s also good news if you don’t live in London or the UK at all but feel like you might find yourself flying into Heathrow with a few days to kill.

The Churches Conservation claims to have invented the practice of camping in abandoned churches, and they just might be right. I can’t find any examples of this in the US or anywhere else for that matter.

This really is a brand new thing. Like me, I’m sure you have questions.

And, I also know that, like me, most of you tend to love  anything with info-graphics. Thankfully, the Churches Conservation has us covered:

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The draw here is that you can leave the comforts of London to explore the English countryside and have a place to stay with a roof, toilet, and hundreds of years of accumulated ambiance and architectural history

And, you’re helping preserve over 300 other churches currently protected by the registry that might have simply gone to ruin otherwise.

They don’t hold services, you don’t need to be a Christian, you don’t have to share the church with strangers, and not only can you BYOB, but the CCT is looking into delivering local wines to Champers upon request.

And, when you see what some of these churches look like, along with the surrounding countryside, you might want to book a trip to London just to rent a car and drive away for a weekend.

So yeah, let’s take a look at a couple of the churches that you can book.

How’d you like to get the keys to this for the weekend?:

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That’s St. Michael the Archangel in Booton, Norfolk, and yes, they really do give you the keys, so you can leave the church to go exploring.

But, I don’t know that I’d want to leave the grounds:

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And, I might even want to sleep outside in that graveyard for a night, if I can escape the sweet lure of the stained-glass alarm clocks on the inside:

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St. Mary the Virgin in Fordwich, Kent is over 800 years old:

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It’s a bit smaller than St. Michael, but then, the town of Fordwich also happens to be the smallest in all of Britain:

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Perhaps that is why their town hall, re-built in 1544, still stands, with the interior retaining all the original timber:

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It also claims to be the smallest town hall in all of England.

But, there’s still plenty to see back at the church as well:

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Like an even creepier graveyard than the one at St. Michael, and a sweet-ass pipe organ:

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And, haven’t you always wanted to push a bunch of pews together into a bed?:

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