Sunday, 1 November 2009

Forever England - in Japan

The developers of a 22-storey tower block in Osaka have reproduced the church of All Saints at Brockhampton in Herefordshire on the top two floors of their tower.   It seems that the Japanese are very keen on Western-style weddings, and the owners of the building, who came across the church while travelling in England, realised that it would be a draw for young Japanese couples.   They applied to Brockhampton Parish Council for permission, which was granted, and the replica, which is three-quarters the size of the original, is now in operation.   To make things easier for everyone, the 21st floor, which is where the church stands, has restaurants and photographic studios, while the 22nd floor has hotels and honeymoon suites.   Everything under one roof!

All Saints in the sky:  the church in situ on the 21st floor

All Saints, Brockhampton, is a Grade I Listed building, and is one of the few thatched churches in the country.   It dates from 1902, and is the work of the Arts & Crafts architect William Lethaby.

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