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Saturday, 7 April 2012

St. Barnabas' church, Ranmore, Surrey

This church was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and follows the simple "Early English" style from c.1400 with features of early French Gothic.  Amongst his projects were the Albert Memorial and St. Pancras Station in London.  The church was consecrated in in 1859.

Simply beautiful.

The exterior walls contain what look like large pebbles from a seashore -- much like many buildings in say, New Shoreham, Sussex. 

The church is right on the North Downs Way.  And the hills here were once a beach!

Where a tree falls and the sub-soil is exposed, you can see pebbles.  They are perfectly rounded -- just like those on any seashore, which this once was and is now at almost 200m above sea level.
How amazing is the geology of the UK!
Our walk started from Denbies Vineyard, where real ale lovers may wish to note that here the Surrey Downs Brewery sells beer straight from the barrel.  I'm enjoying a pint bought there today from a plastic "milk container" as I type this!
There are endless paths to create walks of any duration in this area.  And unlike Sussex -- there is no mud!

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